Patents by Inventor William B. Thompson

William B. Thompson 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: 20200156355
    Abstract: Multi-layer films, and processes to make the films, that enable the delivery of a substrate featuring a peelable thin layer of low haze, amorphous, isotropic film with the desired properties of high modulus, high usage temperature, UV blockage, and toughness The films are made using a co-extrusion, co-orientation and annealing process to enable the delivery of a thin isotropic, UV blocking layer on top of a release layer and support substrate. These film constructions can be kept together during additional processing steps such as coating and converting. The release and dimensionally stable substrate layer can be easily removed once processing steps are completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen A. Johnson, Derek W. Patzman, Richard Yufeng Liu, Victor Ho, Timothy J. Hebrink, Kevin T. Huseby, John F. VanDerlofske, III, John P. Purcell, William T. Fay, James B. Svacha, Richard J. Thompson, Timothy J. Lindquist, Kristopher J. Derks
  • Publication number: 20190388141
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a handle assembly, an elongated portion, an end effector, a visualization device, and a constant horizon mechanism. The elongated portion extends distally from the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The end effector is rotatable about the longitudinal axis relative to the handle assembly. The visualization device defines a visualization axis. A first portion of the visualization device extends through the elongated portion, and a second portion of the visualization device is disposed at least partially within the handle assembly. The visualization device is rotatable about the longitudinal axis relative to the handle assembly. The constant horizon mechanism is disposed in operative engagement with the visualization device and is configured to prevent the visualization device from rotating about the visualization axis when the visualization device rotates about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: ASHISH SHARMA, CLAIRE E. BENJAMIN, CHIP G.W. BOLLENDONK, JOHN A. HAMMERLAND, III, ERIC R. LARSON, WILLIAM H. NAU, JR., ANTHONY B. ROSS, KATHRYN G. THOMPSON, NICK C. ORTIZ, SCOTT C. OUBRE
  • Patent number: 10398996
    Abstract: A throttle emulator system for a model vehicle includes an emulator module and a DCC interface having a connector to permit connection with a DCC command station. The DCC command station is configured to provide digital signals to control the model vehicle. The emulator module is coupled to the DCC interface and configured to transmit command and control signals to the DCC command station, via the DCC interface. The command and control signals are relayed by the DCC command station to control the model vehicle. The emulator module is further configured for wireless communication with a mobile electronic device such that a user can communicate with the emulator module to control the model vehicle through an interface on the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry D. Thompson, William B. Franks
  • Patent number: 9366176
    Abstract: A system and method for cooling an internal combustion engine. In one embodiment of the invention a cooling system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed, comprising an engine; an intercooler for receiving combustion air from a turbocharger, the intercooler comprising an air-to-liquid heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the combustion air and a liquid coolant; an intercooler radiator; at least one engine coolant radiator; an expansion tank; an oil cooler; and at least one pump, wherein the dedicated fan is controlled by a temperature switch or controller and wherein the at least one engine coolant radiator and the intercooler radiator are located on opposite sides of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Donald R. Faulkner, William B. Thompson, Patrick E. Keister, Eric C. Martin, Charles W. Murray
  • Patent number: 9255518
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for bypassing an aftercooler are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the bypass valve system may include a turbocharger, an air temperature sensor, an aftercooler, a three-way bypass valve, an aftercooler conduit, a bypass conduit, a pipe fitting, an engine, a radiator, an expansion tank, a pump, a bypass control system and a locomotive control system. The temperature of the charge air is measured and sent to the bypass control system. The locomotive control system sends engine throttle conditions, such as engine notch position, to bypass control system. Bypass control system determines whether to circulate coolant through the aftercooler or bypass the aftercooler based on the temperature measurements and the engine throttle conditions. Bypass control system then sends a signal to the bypass valve to either to circulate coolant through the aftercooler or bypass the aftercooler through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Norfolk Southern Corporation
    Inventors: Donald R. Faulkner, William B. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150113978
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for bypassing an aftercooler are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the bypass valve system may include a turbocharger, an air temperature sensor, an aftercooler, a three-way bypass valve, an aftercooler conduit, a bypass conduit, a pipe fitting, an engine, a radiator, an expansion tank, a pump, a bypass control system and a locomotive control system. The temperature of the charge air is measured and sent to the bypass control system. The locomotive control system sends engine throttle conditions, such as engine notch position, to bypass control system. Bypass control system determines whether to circulate coolant through the aftercooler or bypass the aftercooler based on the temperature measurements and the engine throttle conditions. Bypass control system then sends a signal to the bypass valve to either to circulate coolant through the aftercooler or bypass the aftercooler through the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Norfolk Southern Corporation
    Inventors: Donald R. Faulkner, William B. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8669525
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to sample inspection using an ion-beam microscope. In some embodiments, the disclosure involves the use of multiple detectors, each of which provides different information about a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
    Inventors: Sybren Sijbrandij, John Notte, IV, William B. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140060463
    Abstract: A system and method for cooling an internal combustion engine. In one embodiment of the invention a cooling system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed, comprising an engine; an intercooler for receiving combustion air from a turbocharger, the intercooler comprising an air-to-liquid heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the combustion air and a liquid coolant; an intercooler radiator; at least one engine coolant radiator; an expansion tank; an oil cooler; and at least one pump, wherein the dedicated fan is controlled by a temperature switch or controller and wherein the at least one engine coolant radiator and the intercooler radiator are located on opposite sides of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Donald R. Faulkner, William B. Thompson, Patrick E. Keister, Eric C. Martin, Charles W. Murray
  • Patent number: 8601986
    Abstract: A system and method for cooling an internal combustion engine. In one embodiment of the invention a cooling system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed, comprising an engine; an intercooler for receiving combustion air from a turbocharger, the intercooler comprising an air-to-liquid heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the combustion air and a liquid coolant; an intercooler radiator; at least one engine coolant radiator; an expansion tank; an oil cooler; and at least one pump, wherein the dedicated fan is controlled by a temperature switch or controller and wherein the at least one engine coolant radiator and the intercooler radiator are located on opposite sides of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Norfolk Southern
    Inventors: Donald R. Faulkner, William B. Thompson, Patrick E. Keister, Eric C. Martin, Charles W. Murray
  • Publication number: 20120234266
    Abstract: A system and method for cooling an internal combustion engine. In one embodiment of the invention a cooling system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed, comprising an engine; an intercooler for receiving combustion air from a turbocharger, the intercooler comprising an air-to-liquid heat exchanger for exchanging heat between the combustion air and a liquid coolant; an intercooler radiator; at least one engine coolant radiator; an expansion tank; an oil cooler; and at least one pump, wherein the dedicated fan is controlled by a temperature switch or controller and wherein the at least one engine coolant radiator and the intercooler radiator are located on opposite sides of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Donald R. Faulkner, William B. Thompson, Patrick E. Keister, Eric C. Martin, Charles W. Murray
  • Publication number: 20110121176
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to sample inspection using an ion-beam microscope. In some embodiments, the disclosure involves the use of multiple detectors, each of which provides different information about a sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS NTS, LLC.
    Inventors: Sybren Sijbrandij, John A. Notte, IV, William B. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20100136255
    Abstract: Charged particle sources, systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT INC.
    Inventors: John A. Notte, IV, Lawrence Scipioni, Billy W. Ward, William B. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7488937
    Abstract: A method and system for registering a CAD layout to a Focused Ion Beam image for through-the substrate probing, without using an optical image and without requiring biasing, includes an improved method of trench endpointing during the FIB milling operation with a low beam energy. The method further includes removal of Ga at the trench floor using XeF2, as well as the deposition of an insulating layer onto the trench floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Credence Systems Corp
    Inventors: Erwan Le Roy, William B. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7135123
    Abstract: The backside navigation method of the present invention includes milling a fiducial opening through the substrate of an integrated circuit. The milling process is stopped when the fiducial opening reaches the bottom of a trench isolation structure. The trench isolation structure delineated by the fiducial opening may be imaged and registered to a computer aided design layout image to achieve sub-micron navigation resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Credence Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Alan Thompson, Erwan Le Roy, Theodore Lundquist, William B. Thompson, Catherine Kardach
  • Patent number: 7115426
    Abstract: A method for utilizing interference fringe patterns generated when milling a trench through a semiconductor substrate by a method such as FIB milling, to determine and optimize the thickness uniformity of the trench bottom. The interference fringes may be mapped and the mapping used to direct the FIB milling to those regions which are thicker to correct observed non-uniformities in the trench floor thickness by varying the pixel dwell time across the milled area. The interference fringe mapping may be used to develop computerized contour lines to automate the pixel dwell time variations as described above, for correcting non-uniformities in the trench floor thickness. The method may be applied to applications other than trench formation for backside editing, such as monitoring progress in forming a milled object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Credence Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Erwan Le Roy, Patricia Le Coupanec, Theodore R. Lundquist, William B. Thompson, Mark A. Thompson, Lokesh Johri
  • Patent number: 6958248
    Abstract: A method and system for registering a CAD layout to a Focused Ion Beam image for through-the substrate probing, without using an optical image and without requiring biasing, includes an improved method of trench endpointing during the FIB milling operation with a low beam energy. The method further includes removal of Ga at the trench floor using XeF2, as well as the deposition of an insulating layer onto the trench floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Credence Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Erwan Le Roy, William B. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20040084407
    Abstract: A method for surface preparation of a polycrystalline material prior to etching. The material surface is amorphized by two particle beam bombardments s on the material surface. These energized particles break the crystal structure of the crystalline material and convert it into amorphous material. The two particle beams are oriented to each other at an angle of at least twice of the critical angle of channeling for the most open crystal structure in the material. This ensures amorphization of the material surface regardless of the different grain orientations on the surface. The amorphous surface has isotropic surface properties and thus allows uniform etching. The uniformity in surface properties allows better control over etching process and reduces damage to underlying and adjacent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: NPTEST, INC.
    Inventors: Vladimir V. Makarov, William B. Thompson, Theodore R. Lundquist
  • Publication number: 20040084408
    Abstract: A method for surface preparation of a polycrystalline material prior to etching. The material surface is effectively amorphized by two particle beam bombardments on the material surface. These energized particles break the crystal structure of the crystalline material and convert it effectively into an amorphous material. The two particle beams are oriented to each other at an angle of at least twice of the critical angle of channeling for the most open crystal structure in the material. This ensures effective amorphization of the material surface regardless of the different grain orientations on the surface. The amorphized surface has isotropic surface properties and thus allows uniform etching at the second angle. The uniformity in surface properties allows better control over etching process and reduces damage to underlying and adjacent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: NPTEST, INC.
    Inventors: Vladimir V. Makarov, William B. Thompson, Theodore R. Lundquist
  • Patent number: 6205199
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained, electronic radioscopic imaging system uses a pulsed X-ray source, a remote X-ray sensor, and a self-contained, display and controller unit to produce, store, and/or display digital radioscopic images of an object under investigation. An X-ray image sensor configured to spatially sense X-ray radiation pulses includes a pixel clock generator, an integrating CCD camera imager operating in a progressive scan mode providing a discrete pixel readout cycle of sensed X-ray radiation pulses, a sample and hold circuit for sampling the discrete pixel readout responsive to the pixel clock, and an analog to digital converter for digitizing each pixel as the discrete pixel readout is sampled. A digital video transmission system controller board controls the X-ray source for acquiring digitized samples from the X-ray image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Raulf M. Polichar, Scott T. Smith, William B. Thompson, Aaron R. Polichar
  • Patent number: 4760518
    Abstract: A bi-directional databusing system is used in a computer that superposes vector and scalar operations. The computer consists of a main memory, a plurality of pipelined functional units, and a buffer for staging scalar and vector data objects between the main memory and the functional units. The busing system supports two-way data transfer during each of a succession of bus transfer cycles in which data is transferred to the buffer during one phase of a cycle, and from the buffer during a second cycle phase. The busing system includes three sets of bi-directional memory databuses, one for transferring scalar data objects between the main memory and buffer unit, and the other two for transferring vector data objects between the main memory and the buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: Scientific Computer Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hanan Potash, Erick M. Cook, Andrew E. Phelps, Mark A. Haakmeester, Jennifer S. Schuh, William B. Thompson