Patents by Inventor William Fisher

William Fisher 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: 11152781
    Abstract: A system including a vehicle having a motive electrical power path; a power distribution unit including a current protection circuit disposed in the motive electrical power path, the current protection circuit including a breaker/relay, the breaker/relay including: a fixed contact, a moveable contact, and a physical opening response portion responsive to a current value; a current source circuit electrically coupled to the breaker/relay and structured to inject a current across the fixed contact; and a voltage determination circuit electrically coupled to the breaker/relay and structured to determine at least one of an injected voltage amount and a contactor impedance value, wherein the voltage determination circuit comprises an analog hardware filter having a cutoff frequency selected in response to a frequency of the injected current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Publication number: 20210309268
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for warning a worker of a rail vehicle, or an operator of the rail vehicle of the worker. The system includes a worker device, a vehicle device, and a central server. The devices and server operate on one or a combination of actual or simulated satellite navigational signals, and beacon signals to determine the position of the devices, to generate a warning. The position determination may prioritize beacon signals over satellite navigation signals. The position determination may involve correcting a calculated position based on a measured power level of the beacon signal received from the beacon transmitter, an elapsed time since a previous beacon signal was last received by the device from the beacon transmitter, an elapsed time since a previous satellite navigation signal was received by the device, or an accuracy of the position of the device based on the satellite navigation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Douglas Grant Fisher, Robert Donovan, Craig Ryan van der Veen, Carl William Lorimer
  • Patent number: 11128125
    Abstract: A mobile application includes a motive power circuit, the motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load, where the power storage device and the electrical load are selectively electrically coupled through a power bus; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load, where the PDU comprises a breaker/relay positioned on one of a high side and a low side of the power storage device; wherein the breaker/relay includes a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus, a moveable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact, an armature operationally coupled to the moveable contact, and a biasing member biasing the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11114840
    Abstract: A mobile application including a motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load, where the power storage device and the electrical load are selectively electrically coupled through a power bus; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load, wherein the PDU comprises a breaker/relay including: a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus; a movable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact; an armature operationally coupled to the movable contact; a first biasing member biasing the armature; a contact force spring operationally interposed between the armature and the movable contact; and a means for adjusting an opening velocity of the moveable contact during a run-time operation of the power bus, wherein the opening velocity comprises an initial velocity of the moveable contact away from the fixed contact in response to a physical opening response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11108225
    Abstract: A mobile application including a motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load electrically coupled through a power bus; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load; wherein the breaker/relay includes: a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus; a movable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact; an armature operationally coupled to the movable contact; a first biasing member biasing the armature into a position; a contact force spring operationally interposed between the armature and the movable contact, such that in response to the armature being in the second position, the contact force spring is at least partially compressed; and a means for adjusting an opening velocity of the moveable contact, wherein the opening velocity comprises an initial velocity of the moveable contact away from the fixed contact in response to a physical opening response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11095115
    Abstract: A system includes a housing; and a breaker/relay device positioned in the housing, wherein the breaker/relay device is configured to interrupt a motive power circuit for an electrical vehicle system, where the housing is disposed on the electrical vehicle system, where the breaker/relay device includes a physical opening response portion responsive to a first current value in the motive power circuit, and a controlled opening response portion responsive to a second current value in the motive power circuit, where the physical opening response portion is structured to be adjustable to at least one adjustment operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11088533
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle having a motive electrical power path; a power distribution unit comprising a current protection circuit disposed in the motive electrical power path, the current protection circuit comprising a thermal fuse and a contactor in a series arrangement; a current source circuit electrically coupled to the thermal fuse and structured to determine that a load power throughput of the motive electrical power path is low, and to inject a current across the thermal fuse in response to the load power throughput of the motive electrical power path being low; a voltage determination circuit electrically coupled to the thermal fuse and structured to determine at least one of an injected voltage amount and a thermal fuse impedance value; and wherein the current source circuit determines the load power throughput of the motive electrical power path is low in response to the vehicle being in a shutdown state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Publication number: 20210242006
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of ion interfaces are described that can provide higher sensitivities improved ion transmission and multiple operating modes. In some configurations, the ion interface may comprise a first element and a second element each of which can receive a non-zero voltage. In one configuration, the first element can be a hyperskimmer cone and the second element can be a cylindrical lens. Systems and methods using the interface are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Hamid Badiei, William Fisher, Serguei Savtchenko, Andrew Icasiano
  • Patent number: 11081874
    Abstract: A mobile application including a motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load electrically coupled through a power bus; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load, wherein the PDU comprises a breaker/relay positioned on one of a high side and a low side of the power storage device; wherein the breaker/relay comprises: a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus; a movable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact; an armature operationally coupled to the movable contact; a first biasing member biasing the armature into one of the first position or the second position; and a means for adjusting a down force value of the movable contact during run-time operations of the motive power circuit, wherein the down force value biases the moveable contact into electrical coupling with the fixed contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11081875
    Abstract: A system including a vehicle having a motive electrical power path; a power distribution unit including a current protection circuit comprising a breaker/relay including: a fixed contact; a movable contact; a physical opening response portion responsive to a current value in the motive power circuit; a current source circuit electrically coupled to the breaker/relay and structured to inject a current across the fixed contact; and a voltage determination circuit electrically coupled to the breaker/relay and structured to determine at least one of an injected voltage amount and a contactor impedance value, wherein the voltage determination circuit comprises a high pass filter having a cutoff frequency selected in response to a frequency of the injected current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11070049
    Abstract: A mobile application includes a motive power circuit having a power storage device and an electrical load, where the power storage device and the electrical load are selectively electrically coupled through a power bus. The application includes a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load, where the PDU includes a breaker/relay positioned on one of a high side and a low side of the power storage device. The breaker/relay includes a fixed contact and a moveable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact, where the moveable contact allows power flow through the power bus when electrically coupled to the fixed contact, and prevents power flow through the power bus when not electrically coupled to the fixed contact. The breaker/relay includes an armature coupled to the moveable contact, and capable to open or close the motive power circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Martin Wayne Mensch, Brandon William Fisher, Robert Stephen Douglass, Austin Robert Zurface, Jeff Howard Urian, James David, Bharath Suda, Asheesh Soni, Karsten Gerving, Guido Völlmar, Gerd Schmitz, Christoph Bausch, Ute Molitor, Lutz Friedrichsen, Kai Schroeder, Julia Otte, Madeline Philipsohn, Norbert Roesner, Volker Lang, Johannes Meissner, Paolo D'amico, Jalpa Shah, Meng Wang, Damrongrit Piyabongkarn, Niles Stephen Ramseyer, Dennis Dukaric, Matt Haylock, Justin Keith Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20210218242
    Abstract: A multi-port power converter includes a housing that includes a plurality of ports structured to electrically interface to a plurality of loads, the plurality of loads having distinct electrical characteristics. The multi-port power converter also includes a plurality of solid state components configured to provide selected electrical power outputs and to accept selected electrical power inputs and a plurality of solid state switches configured to provide selected connectivity between the plurality of solid state components and the plurality of ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Martin Wayne Mensch, Brandon William Fisher, Robert Stephen Douglass, Austin Robert Zurface, Jeff Howard Urian, James David, Bharath Suda, Asheesh Soni, Karsten Gerving, Guido Völlmar, Gerd Schmitz, Christoph Bausch, Ute Molitor, Lutz Friedrichsen, Kai Schroeder, Julia Otte, Madeline Philipsohn, Norbert Roesner, Volker Lang, Johannes Meissner, Paolo D'amico, Jalpa Shah, Meng Wang, Damrongrit Piyabongkarn, Niles Stephen Ramseyer, Dennis Dukaric, Matt Haylock, Justin Keith Griffiths
  • Publication number: 20210217600
    Abstract: An example system includes an ion detector and a signal processing apparatus in communication with the ion detector. The ion detector is arranged to detect ions during operation of the system and to generate a signal pulse in response to the detection of an ion. The signal pulse has a peak amplitude related to at least one operational parameter of the system. The signal processing apparatus is configured to analyze signal pulses from the ion detector and determine information about the detected ions during operation of the system based on the signal pulses. The signal processing apparatus includes a discriminator circuit. The signal processing apparatus is programmed to vary a threshold of the discriminator circuit based on the at least one operational parameter of the system during operation of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: William Fisher, Bohdan Atamanchuk
  • Patent number: 11056327
    Abstract: Certain configurations of systems and methods that can detect inorganic ions and organic ions in a sample are described. In some configurations, the system may comprise one, two, three or more mass spectrometer cores. In some instances, the mass spectrometer cores can utilize common components such as gas controllers, processors, power supplies and vacuum pumps. In certain configurations, the systems can be designed to detect both inorganic and organic analytes comprising a mass from about three atomic mass units, four atomic mass units or five atomic mass units up to a mass of about two thousand atomic mass units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Health Sciences Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Tak Shun Cheung, Chui Ha Cindy Wong, Hamid Badiei, William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11052784
    Abstract: A system include a vehicle having a motive electrical power path and a power distribution unit (PDU). The PDU includes a current protection circuit disposed in the motive electrical power path, the current protection circuit including a thermal fuse and a contactor in a series arrangement with the thermal fuse, and a high voltage power input coupling having a first electrical interface for a high voltage power source. The high voltage power output coupling includes a second electrical interface for a motive power load. The current protection circuit electrically couples the high voltage power input to the high voltage power output, and the current protection circuit is at least partially disposed in a laminated layer of the PDU. The laminated layer includes an electrically conductive flow path disposed between two electrically insulating layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Martin Wayne Mensch, Brandon William Fisher, Robert Stephen Douglass, Austin Robert Zurface, Jeff Howard Urian, James David, Bharath Suda, Asheesh Soni
  • Patent number: 11050241
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle including a power distribution unit comprising a current protection circuit disposed in a motive electrical power path with a thermal fuse and a contactor in a series arrangement; a current source circuit electrically coupled to the thermal fuse to determine that a load power throughput is low, and to inject a current across the thermal fuse in response to the load power throughput being low; a voltage determination circuit electrically coupled to the thermal fuse to determine an injected voltage amount and/or a thermal fuse impedance value; where the power distribution unit further includes a plurality of fuses, and where the current source circuit is structured to inject the current across each fuse in a selected sequence; and where the current source circuit injects the current across a first and second fuse of the plurality of fuses at a first shutdown event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Publication number: 20210184455
    Abstract: A mobile application including a motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load electrically coupled through a power bus; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load; wherein the breaker/relay includes: a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus; a movable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact; an armature operationally coupled to the movable contact; a first biasing member biasing the armature into a position; a contact force spring operationally interposed between the armature and the movable contact, such that in response to the armature being in the second position, the contact force spring is at least partially compressed; and a means for adjusting an opening velocity of the moveable contact, wherein the opening velocity comprises an initial velocity of the moveable contact away from the fixed contact in response to a physical opening response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Publication number: 20210111552
    Abstract: A mobile application including a motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load electrically coupled through a power bus; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load, wherein the PDU comprises a breaker/relay positioned on one of a high side and a low side of the power storage device; wherein the breaker/relay comprises: a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus; a movable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact; an armature operationally coupled to the movable contact; a first biasing member biasing the armature into one of the first position or the second position; and a means for adjusting a down force value of the movable contact during run-time operations of the motive power circuit, wherein the down force value biases the moveable contact into electrical coupling with the fixed contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 10965084
    Abstract: A planar waveguide laser crystal assembly includes an optical bench and a laser crystal mount mounted on the optical bench. The laser crystal mount includes an upper housing having an interior horizontal surface and an exterior horizontal, a lower housing coupled to the upper housing and having an interior horizontal surface and an exterior horizontal surface, and a cavity defined between the interior horizontal surfaces of the upper and lower housings. A laser crystal is mounted in the cavity of the laser crystal mount. Each of the exterior horizontal surfaces of the upper and lower housings is oriented parallel to a length of the laser crystal. The laser crystal assembly further includes a heat dissipating structure thermally coupled to at least one of the exterior horizontal surfaces of the upper and lower housings to dissipate heat transferred from the laser crystal mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael L. Tartaglia, Jesse William Fisher, Andrew Jonathan Gleason, Ezra Takara, Joel R. Blum, Luke L. Wieczorek, Ross Hartman, Samuel David Field, Zachary William Prezkuta, Robert Andrew Sims, Micah Boyd
  • Publication number: 20210083470
    Abstract: A mobile application including a motive power circuit including a power storage device and an electrical load; a power distribution unit (PDU) electrically interposed between the power storage device and the electrical load, wherein the PDU includes a breaker/relay positioned on one of a high side and a low side of the power storage device; wherein the breaker/relay includes: a fixed contact electrically coupled to the power bus; a movable contact selectively electrically coupled to the fixed contact; an armature operationally coupled to the movable contact; a first biasing member biasing the armature into one of the first position or the second position; and a means for selecting a down force value of the movable contact, thereby providing for a physical opening response of the breaker/relay in response to a selected current value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher