Patents by Inventor Timothy W. Brooks

Timothy W. Brooks 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: 10339614
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques for identifying and quantifying waste in a process. Waste information is input via images and/or natural language. The amount of waste is estimated based on information in images and/or a natural language description. A computer-implemented technique extracts metadata on waste products from the images and/or natural language description. A variety of factors such as social media trends, weather, traffic, and/or sports schedules are evaluated by the computer and used in predicting the amount of waste that will occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Bohn, Natalie N. Brooks Powell, Gary W. Crupi, Ho-Yiu Lam, David C. Martin, Sandhya ReddyVeera
  • Patent number: 10151784
    Abstract: A vehicle LED lighting outage detection circuit is disclosed for detecting a fault in the LED light and automatically increasing the power drawn from the light power supply in response to the fault. A complementary detection circuit is also disclosed for detecting the increased power draw and signaling a fault to an operator. The increased power draw can be selected to be in the form of a pulse that settles to a lower power draw state after a time to avoid excessive and wasteful power draw. The system can be mounted in a vehicle and, more particularly, to a semi-tractor truck, or installed as a retrofit system into an existing semi-trailer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Eric Thorstensen, Christopher Busse
  • Patent number: 10032753
    Abstract: A flexible lighting array, comprising: a flexible substrate; a pair of first electrical connectors formed on the flexible substrate; a pair of second electrical connectors formed on the flexible substrate; an isolation element formed on the flexible substrate between the pair of first electrical connectors and the pair of second electrical connectors; a plurality of first light-emitting elements formed over the pair of first electrical connectors; one or more second light-emitting elements formed over the pair of second electrical connectors; and a transparent covering layer formed over the plurality of first light-emitting elements and the one or more second light-emitting elements, wherein, the plurality of first light-emitting elements are configured to emit visible light in a wavelength range of 200 nm to 800 nm, and the one or more second light-emitting elements are configured to emit infrared light in a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1200 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Grote Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Scott J. Jones, Martin J. Marx, Timothy W. Brooks, Donald L. Gramlich, Jr., William L. Corwin, Stanley D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 9995780
    Abstract: A vehicle LED lighting outage detection circuit is disclosed for detecting a fault in the LED light and automatically increasing the power drawn from the light power supply in response to the fault. A complementary detection circuit is also disclosed for detecting the increased power draw and signaling a fault to an operator. The increased power draw can be selected to be in the form of a pulse that settles to a lower power draw state after a time to avoid excessive and wasteful power draw. The system can be mounted in a vehicle and, more particularly, to a semi-tractor truck, or installed as a retrofit system into an existing semi-trailer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Eric Thorstensen, Christopher Busse
  • Publication number: 20170322249
    Abstract: A vehicle LED lighting outage detection circuit is disclosed for detecting a fault in the LED light and automatically increasing the power drawn from the light power supply in response to the fault. A complementary detection circuit is also disclosed for detecting the increased power draw and signaling a fault to an operator. The increased power draw can be selected to be in the form of a pulse that settles to a lower power draw state after a time to avoid excessive and wasteful power draw. The system can be mounted in a vehicle and, more particularly, to a semi-tractor truck, or installed as a retrofit system into an existing semi-trailer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Eric Thorstensen, Christopher Busse
  • Publication number: 20170109997
    Abstract: A vehicle LED lighting outage detection circuit is disclosed for detecting a fault in the LED light and automatically increasing the power drawn from the light power supply in response to the fault. A complementary detection circuit is also disclosed for detecting the increased power draw and signaling a fault to an operator. The increased power draw can be selected to be in the form of a pulse that settles to a lower power draw state after a time to avoid excessive and wasteful power draw. The system can be mounted in a vehicle and, more particularly, to a semi-tractor truck, or installed as a retrofit system into an existing semi-trailer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Eric Thorstensen, Christopher Busse
  • Patent number: 9615417
    Abstract: A lighting device is described that includes a voltage source, a substrate, a wiring, a first light emitting diode (LED) and a second LED, a first electrical conductive element (ECE) and a second ECE, and a transparent, conductive sheet material. The wiring is formed on the substrate, and is connected to the voltage source. The first LED and the second LED are formed on the wiring. The first ECE and the second ECE are formed on the wiring. The sheet material is laminated onto the first and second LEDs and the first and second ECEs. The first and second LEDs are electrically connected in parallel and have opposite polarities. A sheet resistance exists between the first ECE and the first LED and between the second ECE and the second LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Grote Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Donald L. Gramlich, Jr., Timothy W. Brooks, Martin J. Marx, James E. Roberts, William L. Corwin, David W. Vinup
  • Publication number: 20150371972
    Abstract: A flexible lighting array, comprising: a flexible substrate; a pair of first electrical connectors formed on the flexible substrate; a pair of second electrical connectors formed on the flexible substrate; an isolation element formed on the flexible substrate between the pair of first electrical connectors and the pair of second electrical connectors; a plurality of first light-emitting elements formed over the pair of first electrical connectors; one or more second light-emitting elements formed over the pair of second electrical connectors; and a transparent covering layer formed over the plurality of first light-emitting elements and the one or more second light-emitting elements, wherein, the plurality of first light-emitting elements are configured to emit visible light in a wavelength range of 200 nm to 800 nm, and the one or more second light-emitting elements are configured to emit infrared light in a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1200 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Scott J. JONES, Martin J. MARX, Timothy W. BROOKS, Donald L. GRAMLICH, JR., William L. CORWIN, Stanley D. ROBBINS
  • Patent number: 9187032
    Abstract: A lamp and lamp driver are disclosed, in which single intensity marker lamps that are desired to be flashed can be connected to a lamp driver employing an exclusive OR (XOR) logic circuit. In one application, this lamp driver is coupled to a vehicle turn function wire and marker function wire, and a plurality of marker lamps in a row can be of the same style, but one lamp can be flashed in the row of marker lamps. In some embodiments, if all of the marker lamps are on, the lamp being driven by the XOR driver circuit will flash out of sequence with the turn signal flash. If all of the marker lamps are off, the lamp being driven by the XOR driver circuit will flash in sequence with the turn signal flash. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Brooks
  • Patent number: 9174503
    Abstract: An environment-activated automatic shut-off switch is disclosed. The disclosed embodiments allow power to be removed from a trailer auxiliary power circuit when the environment-activated automatic shut-off switch senses that the trailer is being put into motion. The disclosed embodiments of the environment-activated automatic shut-off switch do not require external control signals, such as those received from a vehicle tractor, in order to effectively control the trailer auxiliary power circuit and to ensure that the trailer ABS circuit has dedicated power while the trailer is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Gramlich, Timothy W. Brooks, Luigi Tavernese, Giovanni Tavernese
  • Publication number: 20150241045
    Abstract: A lighting device is described that includes a voltage source, a substrate, a wiring, a first light emitting diode (LED) and a second LED, a first electrical conductive element (ECE) and a second ECE, and a transparent, conductive sheet material. The wiring is formed on the substrate, and is connected to the voltage source. The first LED and the second LED are formed on the wiring. The first ECE and the second ECE are formed on the wiring. The sheet material is laminated onto the first and second LEDs and the first and second ECEs. The first and second LEDs are electrically connected in parallel and have opposite polarities. A sheet resistance exists between the first ECE and the first LED and between the second ECE and the second LED.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: Grote Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Donald L. GRAMLICH, JR., Timothy W. BROOKS, Martin J. MARX, James E. ROBERTS, William L. CORWIN, David W. VINUP
  • Patent number: 9045093
    Abstract: An electrical power supply device for a trailer lighting system behind a truck is disclosed. The trailer lighting system including at least two FMVSS 108 compliant LED stop-tail-turn lamps. The electrical power supply device has an outer casing including a terminal to be electrically attached to and become part of the trailer lighting system. There are a plurality of electrically conductive wires within the casing. At least one of the wires is selected from one or more of the group consisting of low copper usage wire. The device has an over-current protection device along at least one which breaks current flow through the one wire below at an amperage threshold less than 25 amperes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Dobrow, Timothy W. Brooks, Darren L. Harmon, Alfredo H. Hernandez, Shelly Ong, Eric Thorstensen
  • Patent number: 8912721
    Abstract: A lamp and lamp driver are disclosed, in which single intensity marker lamps that are desired to be flashed can be connected to a lamp driver employing an exclusive OR (XOR) logic circuit. In one application, this lamp driver is coupled to a vehicle turn function wire and marker function wire, and a plurality of marker lamps in a row can be of the same style, but one lamp can be flashed in the row of marker lamps. In some embodiments, if all of the marker lamps are on, the lamp being driven by the XOR driver circuit will flash out of sequence with the turn signal flash. If all of the marker lamps are off, the lamp being driven by the XOR driver circuit will flash in sequence with the turn signal flash. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Peter H. Thompson, Darren L. Harmon
  • Publication number: 20140265837
    Abstract: An electrical power supply device for a trailer lighting system behind a truck is disclosed. The trailer lighting system including at least two FMVSS 108 compliant LED stop-tail-turn lamps. The electrical power supply device has an outer casing including a terminal to be electrically attached to and become part of the trailer lighting system. There are a plurality of electrically conductive wires within the casing. At least one of the wires is selected from one or more of the group consisting of low copper usage wire. The device has an over-current protection device along at least one which breaks current flow through the one wire below at an amperage threshold less than 25 amperes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert H. Dobrow, Timothy W. Brooks, Darren L. Harmon, Alfredo H. Hernandez, Shelly Ong, Eric Thorstensen
  • Patent number: 8740628
    Abstract: Lamp plugs are disclosed, in which single intensity marker lamps that are desired to be flashed can be connected to a lamp driver employing an exclusive OR (XOR) logic circuit. In one embodiment, the lamp plug is an overmolded subsystem that is installed between the lamp and the lamp driver and allows the installer to use existing wire harnesses. In some embodiments, the overmolded subsystem is installed under a standard lamp where a plug is typically plugged in; therefore staying on the vehicle and not needing to be replaced with the lamp. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Charles D. Polley, Darren L. Harmon, Eric Thorstensen
  • Publication number: 20120153827
    Abstract: A lamp and lamp driver are disclosed, in which single intensity marker lamps that are desired to be flashed can be connected to a lamp driver employing an exclusive OR (XOR) logic circuit. In one application, this lamp driver is coupled to a vehicle turn function wire and marker function wire, and a plurality of marker lamps in a row can be of the same style, but one lamp can be flashed in the row of marker lamps. In some embodiments, if all of the marker lamps are on, the lamp being driven by the XOR driver circuit will flash out of sequence with the turn signal flash. If all of the marker lamps are off, the lamp being driven by the XOR driver circuit will flash in sequence with the turn signal flash. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Peter H. Thompson, Darren L. Harmon
  • Publication number: 20120156897
    Abstract: Lamp plugs are disclosed, in which single intensity marker lamps that are desired to be flashed can be connected to a lamp driver employing an exclusive OR (XOR) logic circuit. In one embodiment, the lamp plug is an overmolded subsystem that is installed between the lamp and the lamp driver and allows the installer to use existing wire harnesses. In some embodiments, the overmolded subsystem is installed under a standard lamp where a plug is typically plugged in; therefore staying on the vehicle and not needing to be replaced with the lamp. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: TIMOTHY W. BROOKS, CHARLES D. POLLEY, DARREN L. HARMON, ERIC THORSTENSEN
  • Publication number: 20120068627
    Abstract: A device and method for providing a temperature compensated LED constant current source. A positive temperature coefficient (PTC) resistor is utilized to reduce the current being supplied through a driver circuit to an LED lighting element under varying environmental conditions. The PTC resistor prevents the LED elements from overheating due to excessive ambient temperature, improper thermal design or excessive voltage. A voltage regulator may be included to linearize the temperature vs. resistance characteristics of the PTC resistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy W. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20110254381
    Abstract: An environment-activated automatic shut-off switch is disclosed. The disclosed embodiments allow power to be removed from a trailer auxiliary power circuit when the environment-activated automatic shut-off switch senses that the trailer is being put into motion. The disclosed embodiments of the environment-activated automatic shut-off switch do not require external control signals, such as those received from a vehicle tractor, in order to effectively control the trailer auxiliary power circuit and to ensure that the trailer ABS circuit has dedicated power while the trailer is in motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Don Gramlich, Timothy W. Brooks, Luigi Tavernese, Giovanni Tavernese
  • Patent number: 7578392
    Abstract: A packaging system, hereinafter referred to as the Critical Packaging System, relates to critical issues that associate with sensitive articles such as IC wafers before, during and after shipment phases. The system employs a choice of two or more specialty designed containers, and any one selected design having choices of two or more methods by which to avoid, reduce and/or eliminate wafer damage from breakage, scratches and/or corrosion during shipment phases. For the purpose of maximizing product yield during packaging phases a special apparatus is used to insert wafers within containers without scratch damage. The following programs are used in packaging: (1) Quality Assurance/Certification, (2) Critical Factor Monitoring, and (3) a Recycle and Refurbish Program. These programs are specifically designed to achieve new levels of product yields, reduce product cost, and landfill impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Convey Incorporated
    Inventors: Ray G. Brooks, Timothy W. Brooks