Patents by Inventor William D. Frank

William D. Frank 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: 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: 5757597
    Abstract: A Ground Fault Interrupter ("GFI") combined with a plug-receiving receptacle is mounted in combination with a weathertight container. The container is additionally configured with a weathertight opening through which, a three prong male end of a pigtail from a remote power source is electrically connected to a GFI-protected receptacle. A weathertight lid covering for the container and weathertight rain shield for the container openings assures that the combination is functional during field use or for final storage for user transport of tools and other electrical apparatus. The device is optionally configured with a removable, storable, pedestal pole-mounted light assembly having GFI-protected wiring on the interior of the light pole which may be assembled in combination with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: William D. Frank, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5587862
    Abstract: A Ground Fault Interrupter ("GFI") combined with a plug-receiving receptacle is mounted on a plastic bucket. The bucket is additionally configured with a weathertight opening through which a three prong male end of a pigtail electrically connected to the GFI/receptacle unit may pass. A resealable lid provides a weathertight covering for the bucket so that the combination is functional during field use or for final storage for user transport of tools and other electrical apparatus. The device is optionally configured with a removable, storable, pedestal pole-mounted light assembly. A pedestal light support flange is attached to the interior base of the bucket, and container-sized pole sections substantially the same interior clearance height of the container are available for assembling the light pole when needed by a user. The light is powered by the GFI/receptacle unit carried by the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: William D. Frank, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5586312
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for using an independent transaction processing application as a service routine for a client application where the independent transaction processing application is programmed for independent input and output. The independent transaction processing application does not have be reprogrammed for usage as a service routine. A transaction manager provides transaction control for a service request from the client application. A display processing system manages input and output associated with processing the service request. A database management system that is used by the independent transaction processing application distinguishes whether the transaction manager or the independent transaction processing application is providing transaction control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventors: Lucinda L. Johnson, Clayton A. Peltier, Scott H. Kuehn, William D. Frank
  • Patent number: 5021297
    Abstract: A method of coating plastic substrates susceptible to gassing with a powder coating composition is disclosed. The method is effective in sealing the substrate against popping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick F. Rhue, William D. Franks, Gary C. Craig