Patents by Inventor William Kirk

William Kirk 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: 10814427
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system includes a laser device, a build plate, a first scanning device, and an alignment system. The laser device is configured to generate a laser beam. The build plate has a position relative to the laser device. The first scanning device is configured to selectively direct the laser beam across the build plate. The laser beam generates a melt pool on the build plate. The alignment system includes a fiducial marks projector configured to project a plurality of fiducial marks across the build plate. Each fiducial mark has a location on the build plate. The alignment system also includes an optical detector configured to detect the location of each of the fiducial marks on the build plate. The alignment system is configured to detect the position of the build plate relative to the laser device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Justin John Gambone, Jr., Jason Harris Karp, Kevin George Harding, Scott Michael Miller, William Thomas Carter
  • Patent number: 10800466
    Abstract: A dual motion tailgate is configured to undergo two distinct motions, each with advantages depending on circumstances. The tailgate can undergo a rotation (i.e., drop) motion as well as a swing down motion via one or more linkages and corresponding latches. The swing down motion allows closer access to the bed, and the tailgate extends less far from the rear of the vehicle as compared to the drop motion. Latches constrain one or more motions of the tailgate, allowing a desired motion of the tailgate. The motions may be manually controlled, or actuator controlled. When automatically controlled, a control system manages one or more latches and actuators to allow a desired motion of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: William Kirk Robinson, Sheetanshu Tyagi
  • Patent number: 10790069
    Abstract: A radiography camera system includes an exposure container made from radiation shielding material and having a curved channel therein that terminates inside the exposure container, a first conduit portion having a first end coupled to the exposure container, a switch coupled to a second end the first conduit portion, a second conduit portion having a first end coupled to the switch, a guide tube coupled to the switch, a crank coupled to a second end of the second conduit portion, and a cable disposed in the crank and having a connector for a source assembly on an end thereof, the cable actuating the switch to cause the cable to feed through one of: the first conduit portion or the guide tube when the crank unwinds the cable. The exposure container may be made from depleted uranium, tungsten, and/or lead. The curved channel may be J-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SOURCE PRODUCTION & EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventors: Richard Donald Dicharry, William Kirk Miller, Jr., Steven Andrew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10757798
    Abstract: A linac-based X-ray system for cargo scanning and imaging applications uses linac design, RF power control, beam current control, and beam current pulse duration control to provide stable sequences of pulses having different energy levels or different dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ETM Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Nighan, Jr., Maarten Korringa, John Howard Rolin, Devin Kirk Henderlong
  • Publication number: 20200148283
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly of a vehicle includes a tailgate configured to provide a boundary of a cargo area, and a hinge assembly coupled to the tailgate and coupled to the vehicle. The hinge assembly is configured to control a trajectory of the tailgate. The tailgate is configured to achieve a vertical closed position, a horizontal open position, and a vertical open position rotated about 180° from the first position. The hinge assembly includes a hinge arm coupled to the vehicle at a first hinge and coupled to the tailgate at a second hinge. In some embodiments, a cable assembly is used to control the position of the tailgate. In the vertical closed position, the cable end is not engaged. In the horizontal open position, the cable end is engaged. In the vertical open position rotated about 180° from the closed position, the cable end is not engaged or under tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: William Kirk Robinson, Sheetanshu Tyagi, Mark Vinnels
  • Publication number: 20200148282
    Abstract: A dual motion tailgate is configured to undergo two distinct motions, each with advantages depending on circumstances. The tailgate can undergo a rotation (i.e., drop) motion as well as a swing down motion via one or more linkages and corresponding latches. The swing down motion allows closer access to the bed, and the tailgate extends less far from the rear of the vehicle as compared to the drop motion. Latches constrain one or more motions of the tailgate, allowing a desired motion of the tailgate. The motions may be manually controlled, or actuator controlled. When automatically controlled, a control system manages one or more latches and actuators to allow a desired motion of the tailgate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: William Kirk Robinson, Sheetanshu Tyagi
  • Publication number: 20200129564
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods that promote wound healing. The invention provides a composition comprising an effective amount of a biopolymer, an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory agent, and other agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: PROMEND ANIMAL HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: SCOTT P. NOEL, JOHN KIRK SHUMPERT, ALEX GREENE, WILLIAM BRIAN AUSTIN
  • Patent number: 10583530
    Abstract: A component is fabricated in a powder bed by moving a laser array across the powder bed. The laser array includes a plurality of laser devices. The power output of each laser device of the plurality of laser devices is independently controlled. The laser array emits a plurality of energy beams from a plurality of selected laser devices of the plurality of laser devices to generate a melt pool in the powder bed. A non-uniform energy intensity profile is generated by the plurality of selected laser devices. The non-uniform energy intensity profile facilitates generating a melt pool that has a predetermined characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Harris Karp, Justin John Gambone, Jr., Michael Evans Graham, David Charles Bogdan, Jr., Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov, William Thomas Carter, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Kevin George Harding, Jinjie Shi, Marshall Gordon Jones, James William Sears
  • Publication number: 20200069220
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus. includes a shoe having a sole with at least a portion of foam replaced with a composite polymeric foam, at least one probe disposed in the composite polymeric foam, a voltage detector coupled to the probe that detects voltage data generated by the composite polymeric foam, and a transformation module that converts voltage data generated by the composite polymeric foam in response to deformation events into GRF, acceleration, or pressure data. In another example, a method includes receiving voltage data produced by composite polymeric foam, the composite polymeric foam providing support and padding in the sole of a shoe, converting the voltage data to force data, comparing the force data to a profile, and transmitting, when the force data fails to fall within a threshold of the profile, a feedback signal to a physical feedback device, the feedback signal indicating a difference with the profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron Jake Merrell, Anton E. Bowden, David T. Fullwood, Matthew Kirk Seeley, Gavin Quinn Collins, Parker Gary Rosquist, William Fredrick Christensen
  • Publication number: 20200062185
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle with a storage compartment has a cabin, a set of rear wheels located behind the cabin, a cargo space, and a closable integrated storage compartment located adjacent to the cabin, rearward of a rear-most seat of the automotive vehicle, and forward of the set of rear wheels. At least a portion of the storage compartment is positioned forward of a forward wall of the cargo space. The storage compartment has at least one sidewall enclosing an interior portion of the storage compartment and extending from a first side panel at a first side of the automotive vehicle toward a second side of the automotive vehicle, a first opening to the storage compartment at the first side of the automotive vehicle, and a first door at the first opening. The first door has a first step member with a horizontal step surface when open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Robert J. Scaringe, Mason Verbridge, Jared Odle, Brian Gase, William Kirk Robinson
  • Patent number: 10569812
    Abstract: A swing and drop tailgate is configured to undergo two distinct motions, each with advantages depending on circumstances. The swing and drop tailgate can undergo a rotation motion about a hinge, as well as a swing down motion via a linkage. The swing down motion allows closer access to the bed, and extends less far from the rear of the vehicle as compared to the drop motion. The motions may be manually controlled, or actuator controlled. One or more latches may constrain motion, or prevent, of the tailgate. A tailgate assembly may include a post assembly and a tailgate, that may move together as a rigid body when dropping, or move relative to one another when swinging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Sheetanshu Tyagi, Dwight Brooks, Brian Gase, William Kirk Robinson, Larry Parker
  • Publication number: 20200015346
    Abstract: A linac-based X-ray system for cargo scanning and imaging applications uses linac design, RF power control, beam current control, and beam current pulse duration control to provide stable sequences of pulses having different energy levels or different dose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: William L. Nighan, JR., Maarten Korringa, John Howard Rolin, Devin Kirk Henderlong
  • Publication number: 20190381110
    Abstract: The invention provides compositions comprising chitosan, manuka honey and one or more additional components that promotes digestive health (e.g., inulin, probiotics) for the treatment and prevention of gastric ulcers (esophageal, stomach, or duodenum) in a mammal (e.g., equine).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: Promend Animal Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott P. Noel, William Brian Austin, Alex Greene, John Kirk Shumpert
  • Publication number: 20190375467
    Abstract: A swing and drop tailgate is configured to undergo two distinct motions, each with advantages depending on circumstances. The swing and drop tailgate can undergo a rotation motion about a hinge, as well as a swing down motion via a linkage. The swing down motion allows closer access to the bed, and extends less far from the rear of the vehicle as compared to the drop motion. The motions may be manually controlled, or actuator controlled. One or more latches may constrain motion, or prevent, of the tailgate. A tailgate assembly may include a post assembly and a tailgate, that may move together as a rigid body when dropping, or move relative to one another when swinging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Sheetanshu Tyagi, Dwight Brooks, Brian Gase, William Kirk Robinson, Larry Parker
  • Patent number: 10500832
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system is configured to manufacture a component. The additive manufacturing system includes a laser device, a build platform, a first scanning device, and an air knife. The laser device is configured to generate a laser beam. The component is disposed on the build platform. The air knife is configured to channel an inert gas across the build platform. The first scanning device is configured to selectively direct the laser beam across the build platform. The laser beam is configured to generate successive layers of a melted powdered build material on the component and the build platform. The build platform is configured to rotate the component relative to the air knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Charles Bogdan, Jr., Jason Harris Karp, Justin John Gambone, Jr., Lang Yuan, Jinjie Shi, Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov, Marshall Gordon Jones, William Thomas Carter, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Kevin George Harding
  • Publication number: 20190367062
    Abstract: A system and method identify vehicles to be included in a multi-vehicle system that is to travel along one or more routes for an upcoming trip, and determines plural different potential builds of the multi-vehicle system. The different potential builds represent different sequential orders of the vehicles in the multi-vehicle system. The system and method also simulate travels of the different potential builds for the upcoming trip, calculate a safety metric, consumption metric, and/or build metric for the different potential builds based on travels that are simulated, and generates a quantified evaluation of the safety metric, consumption metric, and/or build metric for the different potential builds for use in selecting a chosen potential build of the different potential builds. The chosen potential build is used to build the multi-vehicle system for the upcoming trip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: James D. Brooks, Harry Kirk Mathews, JR., William Schoonmaker
  • Patent number: 10495162
    Abstract: An assembly to secure a disc brake rotor to a wheel hub utilizing spring pins and a retaining ring is provided. A partial keyway is formed in the rotor, and a partial keyway is formed in the wheel hub. The rotor is fitted over an inwardly extending section of the hub, with the partial keyways in the rotor and in the wheel hub being aligned to form complete keyways. The spring pins are then press fit into the completed keyways. Finally, a retaining ring is installed into a slot formed in the inwardly extending section of the wheel hub to complete the assembly of the disc brake rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Consolidated Metco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Wiley Richard Burris, Pavan Kumar Dunna, Nazar Ventaminovich Demenko, Darren Kirk Johnson, Jonathan David Harrington, Keith Darran Mann, William Joseph Edwards
  • Patent number: 10420201
    Abstract: A linac-based X-ray system for cargo scanning and imaging applications uses linac design, RF power control, beam current control, and beam current pulse duration control to provide stable sequences of pulses having different energy levels or different dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ETM Electromatic, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Nighan, Jr., Maarten Korringa, John Howard Rolin, Devin Kirk Henderlong
  • Publication number: 20190281228
    Abstract: Digital image capture session and metadata association techniques are described. In one example, a user input is received to initiate an image capture session. At least one digital image is captured using a digital camera during the image capture session. Audio input data is also collected using an audio input device during the image capture session and is converted into text data, e.g., speech-to-text. Metadata is generated based on the text data and associated with the at least one digital image. The at least one digital image is output as having the associated metadata as completion of the image capture session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Reino Timonen, William Kirk Brohman, Jonathan David Chard, Erin Courtney Miller
  • Patent number: 10405779
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus includes a shoe having a sole with at least a portion of foam replaced with a composite polymeric foam, at least one probe disposed in the composite polymeric foam, a voltage detector coupled to the probe that detects voltage data generated by the composite polymeric foam, and a transformation module that converts voltage data generated by the composite polymeric foam in response to deformation events into GRF, acceleration, or pressure data. In another example, a method includes receiving voltage data produced by composite polymeric foam, the composite polymeric foam providing support and padding in the sole of a shoe, converting the voltage data to force data, comparing the force data to a profile, and transmitting, when the force data fails to fall within a threshold of the profile, a feedback signal to a physical feedback device, the feedback signal indicating a difference with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Nano Composite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Jake Merrell, Anton E. Bowden, David T. Fullwood, Matthew Kirk Seeley, Gavin Quinn Collins, Parker Gary Rosquist, William Fredrick Christensen