Patents by Inventor William J. Walker

William J. Walker 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: 20190196428
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20190144216
    Abstract: Systems and methods for conveying non-dry frac proppant are described herein. The system generally includes at least one hopper having at least one moisture sensor, a slide gate that is fluidly connected to the at least one hopper, a conveyor assembly having at least one conveyor belt configured to convey the non-dry frac proppant from the at least one hopper to a blender, and at least one load sensor, and a control device configured to regulate a discharge rate of the non-dry frac proppant and a load rate of the non-dry frac proppant. The method generally includes providing the system at a well site to convey a non-dry frac proppant from a source point the at least one hopper, the conveyor assembly at a discharge rate determined by the control device, and the blender at a load rate determined by the control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Richard F. Dawson, William J. Walker, Robert D. Harper
  • Patent number: 10289408
    Abstract: Techniques are described for managing firmware versions for a storage device. In one example, a storage device includes a memory and a controller. The controller is configured to execute a first version of a firmware, receive information for a second version of a firmware that is different from the first version, determine, based on the information for the second version of the firmware, whether the version of the second version of the firmware is stored in a system area of the memory, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is stored in the system area, load the second version of the firmware, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is not stored in the system area, store the second version of the firmware in the system area, update an active firmware index, and execute the second version of the firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Darin E. Gerhart, Cory Lappi, Phillip Peterson, William J. Walker
  • Patent number: 10270226
    Abstract: An extruded insulator for a spark plug that is made in a manner that minimizes pores, relics and/or other defects in the insulator microstructure so that the overall dielectric strength or performance of the insulator is improved. The extruded insulator avoids many of the drawbacks associated with such defects, but also has a stepped internal bore for receiving a center electrode. In one embodiment, the extruded insulator is made with a method that uses a multi-phase extrusion process to extrude a ceramic paste around an elongated arbor and form an extruded section, and then removes the arbor from the extruded section to reveal a stepped internal bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL IGNITION COMPANY
    Inventor: William J. Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10177539
    Abstract: Methods of making an insulator for a condition sensing spark plug and tooling that can be used to perform the various methods, the tooling and methods involving machining one or more channels in the insulator body. The machined channels can be used to accommodate one or more wires from a sensing, display, or processing device. In one particular example, the wires are thermocouple wires used to sense temperature in an internal combustion engine while the spark plug is in use. The methods and tooling may result in channels that are formed more precisely, economically, and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL IGNITION COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul William Phillips, William J. Walker, Jr., Michael E. Saccoccia
  • Patent number: 9893495
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a spark plug is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 90.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 10.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180034247
    Abstract: A spark plug suppressor and a method of producing a spark plug suppressor from a suppressor precursor liquid that may be cured at a temperature below 300° C. The spark plug suppressor may include particles or grains dispersed in a matrix of electrically conducting material, electrically semiconducting material, or electrically non-conducting material. The suppressor may include a conductive glass seal component and a resistive suppressor component. The resistive suppressor component may be at least partially embedded in the glass seal component, and the glass seal component may seal a center electrode of the spark plug, a terminal of the spark plug, or both the center electrode and the terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Shuwei Ma, Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker, JR., Michael Saccoccia
  • Publication number: 20170310088
    Abstract: A manufacturing method, firing tray, and microwave kiln for spark plug insulators. Using microwave energy and particularly structured time-temperature profiles may allow for efficient sintering of the spark plug insulator ceramic material. The method may use a combination of radiant heat energy heating and microwave energy heating to facilitate the sintering process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: William J. Walker, JR., Morgana L. Fall, Holly S. Shulman
  • Publication number: 20170264081
    Abstract: An extruded insulator for a spark plug that is made in a manner that minimizes pores, relics and/or other defects in the insulator microstructure so that the overall dielectric strength or performance of the insulator is improved. The extruded insulator avoids many of the drawbacks associated with such defects, but also has a stepped internal bore for receiving a center electrode. In one embodiment, the extruded insulator is made with a method that uses a multi-phase extrusion process to extrude a ceramic paste around an elongated arbor and form an extruded section, and then removes the arbor from the extruded section to reveal a stepped internal bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventor: William J. Walker, JR.
  • Patent number: 9751797
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a corona igniter is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 85.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 15.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker, Jr., Patrick J. Durham, James D. Lykowski
  • Patent number: 9698573
    Abstract: A method for making an extruded insulator for a spark plug in a manner that minimizes pores, relics and/or other defects in the insulator microstructure so that the overall dielectric strength or performance of the insulator is improved. The method may be used to manufacture an extruded insulator that avoids many of the drawbacks associated with such defects, but also has a stepped internal bore for receiving a center electrode. In one embodiment, the method uses a multi-phase extrusion process to extrude a ceramic paste around an elongated arbor and form an extruded section, and then removes the arbor from the extruded section to reveal a stepped internal bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL IGNITION COMPANY
    Inventor: William J. Walker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9685767
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a corona igniter is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 90.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 10.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker, Jr., Patrick J. Durham, James D. Lykowski
  • Publication number: 20160344164
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a spark plug is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 90.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 10.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker
  • Publication number: 20160344165
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a corona igniter is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 90.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 10.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker, Patrick J. Durham, James D. Lykowski
  • Publication number: 20160342412
    Abstract: Techniques are described for managing firmware versions for a storage device. In one example, a storage device includes a memory and a controller. The controller is configured to execute a first version of a firmware, receive information for a second version of a firmware that is different from the first version, determine, based on the information for the second version of the firmware, whether the version of the second version of the firmware is stored in a system area of the memory, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is stored in the system area, load the second version of the firmware, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is not stored in the system area, store the second version of the firmware in the system area, update an active firmware index, and execute the second version of the firmware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Darin E. Gerhart, Cory Lappi, Phillip Peterson, William J. Walker
  • Patent number: 9459857
    Abstract: Techniques are described for managing firmware versions for a storage device. In one example, a storage device includes a memory and a controller. The controller is configured to execute a first version of a firmware, receive information for a second version of a firmware that is different from the first version, determine, based on the information for the second version of the firmware, whether the version of the second version of the firmware is stored in a system area of the memory, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is stored in the system area, load the second version of the firmware, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is not stored in the system area, store the second version of the firmware in the system area, update an active firmware index, and execute the second version of the firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Darin E. Gerhart, Cory Lappi, Phillip Peterson, William J. Walker
  • Patent number: 9407069
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a spark plug is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 85.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 15.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL IGNITION COMPANY
    Inventors: Keith Firstenberg, William J. Walker, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160218488
    Abstract: Methods of making an insulator for a condition sensing spark plug and tooling that can be used to perform the various methods, the tooling and methods involving machining one or more channels in the insulator body. The machined channels can be used to accommodate one or more wires from a sensing, display, or processing device. In one particular example, the wires are thermocouple wires used to sense temperature in an internal combustion engine while the spark plug is in use. The methods and tooling may result in channels that are formed more precisely, economically, and efficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Paul William Phillips, William J. Walker, JR., Michael E. Saccoccia
  • Publication number: 20160210132
    Abstract: Techniques are described for managing firmware versions for a storage device. In one example, a storage device includes a memory and a controller. The controller is configured to execute a first version of a firmware, receive information for a second version of a firmware that is different from the first version, determine, based on the information for the second version of the firmware, whether the version of the second version of the firmware is stored in a system area of the memory, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is stored in the system area, load the second version of the firmware, responsive to determining that the second version of the firmware is not stored in the system area, store the second version of the firmware in the system area, update an active firmware index, and execute the second version of the firmware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Darin E. Gerhart, Cory Lappi, Phillip Peterson, William J. Walker
  • Publication number: 20160039712
    Abstract: An electrically conductive glass seal for providing a hermetic bond between an electrically conductive component and an insulator of a corona igniter is provided. The glass seal is formed by mixing glass frits, binder, expansion agent, and electrically conductive metal particles. The glass frits can include silica (SiO2), boron oxide (B2O3), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), and zinc oxide (ZnO); the binder can include sodium bentonite or magnesium aluminum silicate, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and dextrin; the expansion agent can include lithium carbonate; and the electrically conductive particles can include copper. The finished glass seal includes the glass in a total amount of 50.0 to 85.0 weight (wt. %), and electrically conductive metal particles in an amount of 15.0 to 50.0 wt. %, based on the total weight of the glass seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: KEITH FIRSTENBERG, WILLIAM J. WALKER, JR., PATRICK J. DURHAM, JAMES D. LYKOWSKI