Patents by Inventor Wesley Allan Yates

Wesley Allan Yates 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: 10809472
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to hybrid optical fiber ferrules and methods of fabricating the same. In one embodiment, an optical fiber ferrule includes a glass faceplate, a plastic body molded about the glass faceplate, and at least one fiber through-hole extending through the plastic body. In another embodiment, a method of fabricating an optical fiber ferrule includes disposing a glass faceplate within a die comprising at least one fiber die pin, an injecting the die with plastic to form a plastic body such that the glass faceplate is embedded within the plastic body, wherein the at least one fiber die pin defines at least one fiber through-hole. Other materials with suitable coefficients of thermal expansion may be used for the faceplates of the fiber optic ferrules according to the concepts disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Ulrich Wilhelm Heinz Neukirch, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20190384024
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to hybrid optical fiber ferrules and methods of fabricating the same. In one embodiment, an optical fiber ferrule includes a glass faceplate, a plastic body molded about the glass faceplate, and at least one fiber through-hole extending through the plastic body. In another embodiment, a method of fabricating an optical fiber ferrule includes disposing a glass faceplate within a die comprising at least one fiber die pin, an injecting the die with plastic to form a plastic body such that the glass faceplate is embedded within the plastic body, wherein the at least one fiber die pin defines at least one fiber through-hole. Other materials with suitable coefficients of thermal expansion may be used for the faceplates of the fiber optic ferrules according to the concepts disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Ulrich Wilhelm Heinz Neukirch, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9891397
    Abstract: Multi-fiber, fiber optic cables and cable assemblies providing constrained optical fibers within an optical fiber sub-unit are disclosed. The optical fiber sub-unit(s) comprises optical fibers disposed adjacent a sub-unit strength member(s) within a sub-unit jacket. Movement of optical fibers within a sub-unit jacket can be constrained. In this manner, the optical fibers in an optical fiber sub-unit can be held together within the optical fiber sub-unit as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: William Carl Hurley, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9684136
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector for a plurality of optical fibers includes: a housing portion, a ferrule assembly at least partially disposed in the housing portion, a spring push positioned behind the ferrule, and a spring positioned between the spring push and ferrule. The ferrule assembly includes a ferrule defining an end face of the fiber optic connector and having a plurality of bores arranged in at least two linear rows. The ferrule assembly also includes a ferrule boot coupled to the ferrule, with the ferrule boot including a fiber alignment portion and a cover portion. The fiber alignment portion defines a first groove for a first row of the optical fibers and a second groove for a second row of the optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Cline, Marco Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20160327763
    Abstract: Multi-fiber, fiber optic cables and cable assemblies providing constrained optical fibers within an optical fiber sub-unit are disclosed. The optical fiber sub-unit(s) comprises optical fibers disposed adjacent a sub-unit strength member(s) within a sub-unit jacket. Movement of optical fibers within a sub-unit jacket can be constrained. In this manner, the optical fibers in an optical fiber sub-unit can be held together within the optical fiber sub-unit as a unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: William Carl Hurley, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9411110
    Abstract: A fiber optic assembly includes a connector and a cover received over an end face of the connector. The connector includes a ferrule through which an optical fiber extends to the end face of the connector. An end of the optical fiber is polished proximate to the end face. The cover the cover includes a rigid end cap and a form-fitting material within the end cap overlaying the polished end of the optical fiber. The cover is configured to limit access of particulates to the end face of the connector and draw loose particulates of dust and debris from the end face of the connector upon removal from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elvin Barnette, Jr., David Lee Dean, Jr., Matthew Wade Smith, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9405084
    Abstract: Multi-fiber, fiber optic cable assemblies and related fiber optic components, cables, and methods providing constrained optical fibers within an optical fiber sub-unit are disclosed. The optical fiber sub-unit(s) comprises optical fibers disposed adjacent a sub-unit strength member(s) within a sub-unit jacket. Movement of optical fibers within a sub-unit jacket can be constrained. In this manner, the optical fibers in an optical fiber sub-unit can be held together within the optical fiber sub-unit as a unit. As a non-limiting example, the optical fiber sub-unit(s) may be exposed and constrained in a furcation assembly as opposed to the optical fibers, thereby reducing complexity in fiber optic cable assembly preparations. Constraining the optical fibers may also allow optical skew, reduction of entanglement between the optical fibers and the cable strength members to reduce or avoid optical attenuation, and/or allow the optical fibers to act as anti-buckling components within the fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William Carl Hurley, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20150355415
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector for a plurality of optical fibers includes: a housing portion, a ferrule assembly at least partially disposed in the housing portion, a spring push positioned behind the ferrule, and a spring positioned between the spring push and ferrule. The ferrule assembly includes a ferrule defining an end face of the fiber optic connector and having a plurality of bores arranged in at least two linear rows. The ferrule assembly also includes a ferrule boot coupled to the ferrule, with the ferrule boot including a fiber alignment portion and a cover portion. The fiber alignment portion defines a first groove for a first row of the optical fibers and a second groove for a second row of the optical fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Cline, Marco Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9207407
    Abstract: A fiber optic assembly includes a connector and a cover bonded to an end face of the connector. The connector includes a ferrule, where an optical fiber extends through the ferrule and to the end face of the connector. An end of the optical fiber is polished proximate to the end face. The cover is bonded directly to the end face of the connector, and overlays the polished end of the optical fiber such that the cover protects the optical fiber, limits access of dust to the end face of the connector, and draws loose particulates from the end face upon removal of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elvin Barnette, Jr., David Lee Dean, Jr., Matthew Wade Smith, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9110268
    Abstract: A combination of a pulling grip assembly and a fiber optic cable assembly for installing the fiber optic cable, including: a flexible grip having an open loop region for pull-force engagement and a closed region engaged with the strength member in a fiber optic cable assembly; a first heat shrunk member positioned about a portion of the distal end of the fiber optic cable assembly and the distal end of cable; and a second heat shrunk member positioned about a portion of the closed region of the flexible grip and the proximal end of the fiber optic cable assembly. A method of using the pulling grip assembly and a quick release pulling grip kit for installing fiber optic cable, as defined herein, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Alan Leonard, Matthew Wade Smith, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9097874
    Abstract: Fiber optic connection assemblies for rearranging sets of fiber optic signals arranged in one parallel optical configuration into one or more different parallel optical configurations are disclosed. In one arrangement, two (2) data transmission pairs are connected between one multi-fiber connector from each of two connector sets in a first parallel optical configuration using a common set of fiber positions for each multi-fiber connector. Another two (2) data transmission pairs are connected to the common set of fiber positions of a multi-fiber connector from the first connector set, but are connected to other fiber positions of the multi-fiber connectors of the second connector set, using fiber positions that are not used by the other two (2) data transmission pairs. In this manner, cabling complexity can be reduced with increased signal density within fiber optic cables having a multi-fiber configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Douglas Coleman, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20150205055
    Abstract: A fiber optic assembly includes a connector and a cover bonded to an end face of the connector. The connector includes a ferrule, where an optical fiber extends through the ferrule and to the end face of the connector. An end of the optical fiber is polished proximate to the end face. The cover is bonded directly to the end face of the connector, and overlays the polished end of the optical fiber such that the cover protects the optical fiber, limits access of dust to the end face of the connector, and draws loose particulates from the end face upon removal of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Elvin Barnette, JR., David Lee Dean, JR., Matthew Wade Smith, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 9057863
    Abstract: A fiber optic harness assembly includes first through sixth groups of optical fibers and first and second connector sets. The groups of optical fibers are arranged in data transmission pairs such that one group of each pair is configured to transmit data and the other group is configured to receive data. The pairs of the groups are organized such that a first pair includes the first and second groups, a second pair includes the third and fourth groups, and a third pair includes the fifth and sixth groups. The optical fibers of the groups are sized and routed to facilitate low-skew and efficient parallel optics connections for high-speed data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith Rhoney, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 8998503
    Abstract: A fiber optic assembly includes a connector and a cover bonded to an end face of the connector. The connector includes a ferrule, where an optical fiber extends through the ferrule and to the end face of the connector. An end of the optical fiber is polished proximate to the end face. The cover is bonded directly to the end face of the connector, and overlays the polished end of the optical fiber such that the cover protects the optical fiber, limits access of dust to the end face of the connector, and draws loose particulates from the end face upon removal of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elvin Barnette, Jr., David Lee Dean, Jr., Matthew Wade Smith, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20150063759
    Abstract: A fiber optic assembly includes a connector and a cover received over an end face of the connector. The connector includes a ferrule through which an optical fiber extends to the end face of the connector. An end of the optical fiber is polished proximate to the end face. The cover the cover includes a rigid end cap and a form-fitting material within the end cap overlaying the polished end of the optical fiber. The cover is configured to limit access of particulates to the end face of the connector and draw loose particulates of dust and debris from the end face of the connector upon removal from the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Elvin Barnette, JR., David Lee Dean, JR., Matthew Wade Smith, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20150010283
    Abstract: Multi-fiber, fiber optic cable assemblies and related fiber optic components, cables, and methods providing constrained optical fibers within an optical fiber sub-unit are disclosed. The optical fiber sub-unit(s) comprises optical fibers disposed adjacent a sub-unit strength member(s) within a sub-unit jacket. Movement of optical fibers within a sub-unit jacket can be constrained. In this manner, the optical fibers in an optical fiber sub-unit can be held together within the optical fiber sub-unit as a unit. As a non-limiting example, the optical fiber sub-unit(s) may be exposed and constrained in a furcation assembly as opposed to the optical fibers, thereby reducing complexity in fiber optic cable assembly preparations. Constraining the optical fibers may also allow optical skew, reduction of entanglement between the optical fibers and the cable strength members to reduce or avoid optical attenuation, and/or allow the optical fibers to act as anti-buckling components within the fiber optic cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: William Carl Hurley, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20140341509
    Abstract: Fiber optic connection assemblies for rearranging sets of fiber optic signals arranged in one parallel optical configuration into one or more different parallel optical configurations are disclosed. In one arrangement, two (2) data transmission pairs are connected between one multi-fiber connector from each of two connector sets in a first parallel optical configuration using a common set of fiber positions for each multi-fiber connector. Another two (2) data transmission pairs are connected to the common set of fiber positions of a multi-fiber connector from the first connector set, but are connected to other fiber positions of the multi-fiber connectors of the second connector set, using fiber positions that are not used by the other two (2) data transmission pairs. In this manner, cabling complexity can be reduced with increased signal density within fiber optic cables having a multi-fiber configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: John Douglas Coleman, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 8768125
    Abstract: A guide pin for mating multi-fiber optical ferrules includes a first end, a second end and a flexile feature adjacent to the second end. The first end has a first end width and the second end has a first engagement width and may change to a second engagement width while engaging a guide pin bore in a ferrule. The change in width permits the guide pin to engage and axially align with guide pin bores of varying diameters to achieve reliable optical mating of optical wave guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: John W Beatty, Dennis Michael Knecht, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Publication number: 20140140660
    Abstract: A fiber optic assembly includes first and second sets of ferrules. The first set of ferrules includes a first ferrule supporting a first plurality of optical fibers including first and second groups of optical fibers, a second ferrule supporting a second plurality of optical fibers including third and fourth groups of optical fibers, and a third ferrule supporting a third plurality of optical fibers including fifth and sixth groups of optical fibers. The second set of ferrules includes a fourth ferrule and a fifth ferrule. The fourth ferrule supports optical fibers of the first, second, third, and fourth groups of optical fibers, and the fifth ferrule supports optical fibers of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth groups of optical fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Eaker Buff, Terry Lee Cooke, Robert Ashley Herring, Brian Keith Rhoney, Wesley Allan Yates
  • Patent number: 8718425
    Abstract: A cable assembly, for example, a pulling grip for pulling a trunk cable assembly having a plurality of cable legs may include at least one pliable core for receiving the cable legs, the cable legs being wrapped at least one time around the at least one pliable core causing distal ends of the cable legs to be a distance from a furcation point, the distance being shorter than the length of the cable legs, the cable assembly further providing protection from exceeding a minimum bend radius and enabling a relatively short pulling grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Francisco Luna PiƱa, Wesley Allan Yates