Patents by Inventor William Ries

William Ries 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: 10702389
    Abstract: A tibial insert includes a base and a post extending from the base along a longitudinal axis. The post has a medial surface, a lateral surface, a height along the longitudinal axis, and a rotational offset in a superior-inferior aspect of the post. The medial surface has a medial section, and the lateral surface has a lateral section oriented substantially parallel to the medial section. The medial section and the lateral section each have a width in a substantially anterior-posterior direction that is sufficient to enable varus/valgus constraint over a flexion/extension range from extension to about 90 to 120 degrees of flexion when the tibial insert is mated with a femoral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian William McKinnon, Nathaniel Milton Lenz, Scott Kennedy Laster, Michael D. Ries, Steven B. Haas
  • Publication number: 20200138583
    Abstract: Certain embodiments generally provide an improved tibial base member comprising keel portions that allow one or both cruciate ligaments to be preserved. Other embodiments provide improved lateral and/or medial inserts having a mesial lip that helps relieve and or prevent impingement between the femoral component and the tibial eminence. Other embodiments provide improved femoral components having various chamfers to provide additional clearance with respect to the tibial eminence and posterior cruciate ligament without decreasing bone coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Nathaniel Milton Lenz, Richard Michael Smith, Zachary Christopher Wilkinson, Brian William McKinnon, Abraham Biglari Salehi, Jonathan Kirk Nielsen, Michael D. Ries, Gerald J. Jerry
  • Publication number: 20200138584
    Abstract: Certain embodiments generally provide an improved tibial base member comprising keel portions that allow one or both cruciate ligaments to be preserved. Other embodiments provide improved lateral and/or medial inserts having a mesial lip that helps relieve and or prevent impingement between the femoral component and the tibial eminence. Other embodiments provide improved femoral components having various chamfers to provide additional clearance with respect to the tibial eminence and posterior cruciate ligament without decreasing bone coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Nathaniel Milton Lenz, Richard Michael Smith, Zachary Christopher Wilkinson, Brian William McKinnon, Abraham Biglari Salehi, Jonathan Kirk Nielsen, Michael D. Ries, Gerald J. Jerry
  • Publication number: 20200100903
    Abstract: Certain embodiments generally provide an improved tibial base member comprising keel portions that allow one or both cruciate ligaments to be preserved. Other embodiments provide improved lateral and/or medial inserts having a mesial lip that helps relieve and or prevent impingement between the femoral component and the tibial eminence. Other embodiments provide improved femoral components having various chamfers to provide additional clearance with respect to the tibial eminence and posterior cruciate ligament without decreasing bone coverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Nathaniel Milton Lenz, Richard Michael Smith, Zachary Christopher Wilkinson, Brian William McKinnon, Abraham Biglari Salehi, Jonathan Kirk Nielsen, Michael D. Ries, Gerald J. Jerry
  • Publication number: 20190389436
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle turntable comprising a central hub communicatively coupled to a control unit for receiving control signals; a plurality of wedge-shaped panels radially coupled to the central hub so as to form a circular surface; a plurality of wheels coupled to a number of the plurality of panels; and at least one motor configured to drive a corresponding one of the plurality of wheels and to receive the control signals from the central hub. Embodiments also include a system comprising a first turntable hub configured to control operation of a first turntable; and a control unit communicatively coupled to the first turntable hub to provide control signals to the first turntable hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: John MONDRO, Jeffrey RIES, Jeff KEYES, Charlie BAIER, Michael KING, Steve BERGERON, Patrick MCGRATH, Tim OUGHTON, Ron DYKES, William CAMP, Michael CLARK, Peter JUNGEN, Jason FOX
  • Patent number: 10407032
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle turntable comprising a central hub communicatively coupled to a control unit for receiving control signals; a plurality of wedge-shaped panels radially coupled to the central hub so as to form a circular surface; a plurality of wheels coupled to a number of the plurality of panels; and at least one motor configured to drive a corresponding one of the plurality of wheels and to receive the control signals from the central hub. Embodiments also include a system comprising a first turntable hub configured to control operation of a first turntable; and a control unit communicatively coupled to the first turntable hub to provide control signals to the first turntable hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CZARNOWSKI DISPLAY SERVICE, INC.
    Inventors: John Mondro, Jeffrey Ries, Jeff Keyes, Charlie Baier, Michael King, Steve Bergeron, Patrick McGrath, Tim Oughton, Ron Dykes, William Camp, Michael Clark, Peter Jungen, Jason Fox
  • Publication number: 20180100275
    Abstract: A scraper coupled to a drum surface of a compactor is provided. The scraper includes an inlet port. The scraper includes a first channel fluidly coupled to the inlet port. The first channel extends across the scraper in a first direction. The scraper includes at least one second channel fluidly coupled to the first channel. The second channel extends across the scraper in a second direction. The scraper further includes at least one outlet port fluidly coupled to the second channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Patent number: 9630657
    Abstract: A tire skirt system configured for attachment to a vehicle is disclosed. The system may include a first skirt bracket adapted for attachment to the vehicle, a skirt panel having a first edge adapted for attachment to the first skirt bracket, and a transparent window in the first skirt bracket, the window having an outside face and an inside face. The window may be aligned with at least a portion of a tire when the tire skirt system is attached to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20160251809
    Abstract: A ballast system for a machine is provided. The ballast system includes a plurality of ballast assemblies interlocked with one another. Each of the plurality of ballast assemblies includes a body defining a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is distal to the second surface. The body includes a hollow configuration. The ballast assembly includes a first cover plate affixed to the first surface. The ballast assembly also includes a second cover plate affixed to the second surface. The ballast assembly further includes a passage provided on at least one of the first cover plate and the second cover plate. The passage is adapted to interlock with a passage of an adjacent ballast assembly of the plurality of ballast assemblies. The passage is further adapted to allow flow of a ballast material therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20160200368
    Abstract: A tire skirt system configured for attachment to a vehicle is disclosed. The system may include a first skirt bracket adapted for attachment to the vehicle, a skirt panel having a first edge adapted for attachment to the first skirt bracket, and a transparent window in the first skirt bracket, the window having an outside face and an inside face. The window may be aligned with at least a portion of a tire when the tire skirt system is attached to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20150269237
    Abstract: A method, computer and system for the backup and recovery of a converged infrastructure computer system is provided. The method and system provides backup and recovery of the data and applications on the servers themselves, but further provides backup and recovery of the configuration and mapping information of the converged infrastructure computer system itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: UNITRENDS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew William Ries, Ashutosh Vyas, Andrew Russell Cress
  • Publication number: 20150126330
    Abstract: A pneumatic compactor includes a power source configured to generate power, a pneumatic tire configured to rotate, a chain drive assembly that couples the power source to the pneumatic tire, a proximity sensor, an indicator, a braker controller, and a controller. The chain drive assembly has a chain case and a chain housed in the chain case. The proximity sensor is coupled to the chain case and configured to detect a breakage of the chain and generate a signal signifying the breakage of the chain. The indicator is configured to indicate the breakage of the chain. The brake controller is configured to stop rotation of the pneumatic tire. The controller is configured to receive the indication from the proximity sensor signifying the breakage of the chain, command the indicator to indicate the breakage of the chain, and command the brake controller to stop rotation of the pneumatic tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Michael William Ries
  • Patent number: 8838347
    Abstract: A ground contact pressure controller may be configured to automatically manage tire inflation pressure in a pneumatic compactor machine. The controller may determine a target tire inflation pressure for the machine according to the parameters of, inter alia, machine weight, number of tires on the machine, ground contact area of the tires, compaction surface type, and ambient temperature. The machine may include a compressor and vent unit coupled to the pneumatic tires, and the compressor and vent unit may be configured to adjust the tire pressure of the pneumatic tires according to a target tire pressure. A unified pressure subsystem coupled to the compressor and vent unit may be configured to measure pressure of the tires, and to adjust tire pressure to the target pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lee Norton, Jon Michael Scharf, Michael William Ries
  • Publication number: 20130103268
    Abstract: A ground contact pressure controller may be configured to automatically manage tire inflation pressure in a pneumatic compactor machine. The controller may determine a target tire inflation pressure for the machine according to the parameters of, inter alia, machine weight, number of tires on the machine, ground contact area of the tires, compaction surface type, and ambient temperature. The machine may include a compressor and vent unit coupled to the pneumatic tires, and the compressor and vent unit may be configured to adjust the tire pressure of the pneumatic tires according to a target tire pressure. A unified pressure subsystem coupled to the compressor and vent unit may be configured to measure pressure of the tires, and to adjust tire pressure to the target pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS
    Inventors: Mark Lee Norton, Jon Michael Scharf, Michael William Ries
  • Patent number: 8272151
    Abstract: Equipment for mining and excavating includes a bucket used to remove overburden, a boom for positioning the bucket, and a hoist and drag cable for controlling the bucket. The equipment also includes a drum; a pedestal, a pinion assembly, and a cartridge assembly. The drum is used to wind the hoist cable or the drag cable. The pedestal supports the drum and surrounds a bull gear attached to the drum. A pinion of the pinion assembly extends within a port in the pedestal to engage the bull gear. The cartridge assembly is attached to the pedestal and includes an electric motor having a shaft extending from the motor, and a gear reduction coupled to the motor shaft. The pinion assembly is driven by the motor via the gear reduction. The pedestal allows the pinion assembly and other components to be removed or installed, without entirely separating the cartridge assembly from the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining LLC
    Inventors: William Ries, Gregory Feld, Robert Vallier, Eric Evenson
  • Publication number: 20110296721
    Abstract: Equipment for mining and excavating includes a bucket used to remove overburden, a boom for positioning the bucket, and a hoist and drag cable for controlling the bucket. The equipment also includes a drum; a pedestal, a pinion assembly, and a cartridge assembly. The drum is used to wind the hoist cable or the drag cable. The pedestal supports the drum and surrounds a bull gear attached to the drum. A pinion of the pinion assembly extends within a port in the pedestal to engage the bull gear. The cartridge assembly is attached to the pedestal and includes an electric motor having a shaft extending from the motor, and a gear reduction coupled to the motor shaft. The pinion assembly is driven by the motor via the gear reduction. The pedestal allows the pinion assembly and other components to be removed or installed, without entirely separating the cartridge assembly from the pedestal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: William Ries, Gregory Feld
  • Patent number: 7579727
    Abstract: In the case of a fuel pump, a plug for fixing electric contacts is manufactured from a material which is capable of swelling with fuel, and is inserted into a receptacle of a connecting piece by being fitted therein. Furthermore, the plug and the connecting piece have latching means for simplifying the pre-assembly. The connecting piece requires a particularly low number of components and can be manufactured cost-effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dirk Becker, Ralf Muehlhausen, Frank-William Ries, Thomas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7191219
    Abstract: A self-destruction document or e-mail massaging system is provided that automatically destroys documents or e-mail messages at a predetermined time by attaching a “virus” to the document or e-mail message. A virus in the form of a Trojan horse is attached to file (such as an e-mail message or document) when it is created. The virus contains a portion of executable code or an executable program which instructs the computer to overwrite and/or delete the file to which the virus is attached at a desired time. Since the virus is attached to the file, it will travel with the file even when the file is copied, forwarded, or saved to disks or tape drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Clarios Corporation
    Inventors: Howard R. Udell, Cary S. Kappel, William Ries, Stuart D. Baker, Greg M. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20050163636
    Abstract: In the case of a fuel pump, a plug for fixing electric contacts is manufactured from a material which is capable of swelling with fuel, and is inserted into a receptacle of a connecting piece by being fitted therein. Furthermore, the plug and the connecting piece have latching means for simplifying the pre-assembly. The connecting piece requires a particularly low number of components and can be manufactured cost-effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Inventors: Dirk Becker, Ralf Muehlhausen, Frank-William Ries, Thomas Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20030126215
    Abstract: A self-destructing document or e-mail messaging system is provided that automatically destroys documents or e-mail messages at a predetermined time by attaching a “virus” to the document or e-mail message. A virus in the form of a Trojan horse is attached to file (such as an e-mail message or document) when it is created. The virus contains a portion of executable code or an executable program which instructs the computer to overwrite and/or delete the file to which the virus is attached at a desired time. Since the virus is attached to the file, it will travel with the file even when the file is copied, forwarded, or saved to disks or tape drives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Howard R. Udell, Cary S. Kappel, William Ries, Stuart D. Baker, Greg M. Sherman