Firemen's Helmets Patents (Class 2/5)
  • Patent number: 10250822
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing a wearable apparatus having an integrated infrared imaging module. In one example, a wearable apparatus implemented as a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) may include a shield to protect a user from an external environment, one or more infrared imaging modules, a projector, a processor, and a communication module for projecting a user-viewable thermal image onto a surface of the shield. Such infrared imaging modules may be positioned internal to the SCBA for protection from a hazardous external environment. In another example, a wearable apparatus implemented as a welding mask may include one or more infrared imaging modules, a projector, a processor, and a communication module, so as to project a user-viewable thermal image onto a surface of a shield of the welding mask, while at the same time protecting these components and the welder's face from a harsh welding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Terre, Andrew C. Teich, Giovanni Lepore, Nicholas Hogasten, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar
  • Patent number: 10143254
    Abstract: An article of headwear made of a resilient material includes at least two panels that cooperate to form openings or pass-through slots through which a user may thread earbuds or headphones while maintaining coverage of the ear. The ends of the at least two panels may overlap one another. The ends of the panels may be reconfigurable between a first configuration where the panels lay flat over one another and a second configuration, where the panels are manipulated to no longer lay flat over one another to define at least one opening. One of the panels may include a non-resilient material coupled to at least one of the panels proximate to the end of the panel to aid the user in threading earbuds through the at least one opening at least partially defined by the non-resilient material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Whitney Enck
  • Patent number: 9955049
    Abstract: A helmet can include a helmet body comprising an energy-absorbing layer and an outer shell disposed over the energy-absorbing layer. An electronic device can be integrated with the helmet body. A first electrical contact can be formed at an exterior of the outer shell and adapted to be in electrical communication with the electronic device. A helmet visor can be coupled to the helmet body with at least one visor arm, the helmet visor comprising controls integrated within the visor. A second electrical contact can be formed at an inner surface of the at least one visor arm and adapted to be in electrical communication with the controls integrated within the visor. The second electrical contact can be adapted to mateably couple with the first electrical contact such that the electronic device and the controls are adapted to be in electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Ben D. Pritz
  • Patent number: 9942414
    Abstract: Provided are a digital smart security system and method and a program that allow reporting the occurrence of an abnormal situation in security, even in front of a suspicious person, without the suspicious person's awareness. The digital smart security system comprises an abnormality determination unit (112) that, when breathing detected by a respiration sensor (10) for detecting a user's breathing has a preset breathing pattern in which breathing stops for a predetermined period of time and resumes, determines it to be the occurrence of an abnormal situation, and an alarm sending unit (203) that reports the abnormal situation based on the determination result as being the occurrence of an abnormal situation. The abnormality determination unit (112), if the user has stopped breathing for a certain period of time (for example, 10 to 15 seconds) and has resumed breathing, determines it to be the occurrence of an abnormal situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNOMIRAI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuo Miwa
  • Patent number: 9723887
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a helmet and a method for dealing with an accident using the helmet, which the helmet includes: a helmet body part made of a resin having a semi-spherical space for receiving the head of a wearer; a light part arranged in the front of the helmet body part having LEDs mounted on a substrate to provide the wearer with lighting; a metallic heat radiator extending from the front of the helmet body part to the back thereof along the upper central line of the helmet body part and partially contacting the back of the substrate to discharge heat; a communication device part received in the helmet body part for dealing with communication and emergency circumstances; and a battery received in the helmet body part for supplying power to the communication part and light part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KMW INC.
    Inventor: Duk Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9509924
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing a wearable apparatus having an integrated infrared imaging module. In one example, a wearable apparatus implemented as a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) may include a shield to protect a user from an external environment, one or more infrared imaging modules, a projector, a processor, and a communication module for projecting a user-viewable thermal image onto a surface of the shield. Such infrared imaging modules may be positioned internal to the SCBA for protection from a hazardous external environment. In another example, a wearable apparatus implemented as a welding mask may include one or more infrared imaging modules, a projector, a processor, and a communication module, so as to project a user-viewable thermal image onto a surface of a shield of the welding mask, while at the same time protecting these components and the welder's face from a harsh welding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: William A. Terre, Andrew C. Teich, Giovanni Lepore, Nicholas Högasten, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar
  • Patent number: 9232827
    Abstract: A cranial protective helmet having a pair of components made of an exterior hard plastic shell with sufficient flexibility to accommodate comfort for the patient with interior cushioning liners conforming to a side of the patient's skull. Each component of the helmet can conform to a side of the patient's head and accommodate an insertion of the patient's head by relative movement with one or more fastener units securing the helmet components to the patient. Openings can be provided to accommodate monitoring instrumentation after a craniectomy operation. The components can be separate or minimally connected to enable a rotational opening. Fastener units can provide a secure connection of the components and an elastic attachment about the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: ORTHOMERICA PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: John Penn
  • Patent number: 9214076
    Abstract: A firefighter's safety apparatus includes a first system located in a firefighter's helmet and a second system located at a central station. The first includes a power source, an ambient temperature sensor for relaying ambient temperature information to a microprocessor, a first on/off light source and a second light source coupled to the microprocessor for emitting a status alarm signal when the temperature sensed is above a preset level. An audible alarm is coupled to the microprocessor for emitting an audio signal when the temperature sensed is above the preset level. A manually operated panic switch causes a transceiver coupled to the microprocessor to send a radio signal to the central station if the firefighter is injured or does not move for a preset time and activates the audio alarm. The second system includes a transceiver, a power source and a microprocessor and a power source electronically coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Mike Curtis, Ron Cone, Don Freels
  • Patent number: 8739319
    Abstract: The helmet stabilization apparatus includes a helmet adapted to be worn by a user, a night vision goggle unit attached to a front portion of the helmet, and a removable counterweight attached to a rear portion of the helmet that balances with the weight of the night vision goggle unit, wherein said removable counterweight can be connected in a variety of manners, such as a magnetic means of connection, a hook and loop connection, or a mechanical means of connection. Furthermore, the helmet may provide staggered connections, such that the removable counterweight may be positioned on the helmet at the user's desired orientation. This allows the user to move the center of mass of the system such that it is self-stabilizing on the user's head. Moreover, the removable counterweight may be formed such that when it is removed, it may be coupled with an attachable handle to form a plurality of tools or weapons. This is beneficial in that it provides a collection of tools while only one object need be carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: SERE Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy M. Langan
  • Patent number: 8707472
    Abstract: A protective hood (18) of a protective garment (16) is provided for use with a face piece or mask (12) worn by a user. The hood (18) includes an outer shell (30) having a peripheral edge (20), and a gasket (22) that extends from the peripheral edge (20) to an interior of the hood (18) for sealing engagement with the face piece or mask (12) with the gasket (22) being covered by the outer shell (30) of the hood (18) when worn by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Stachler, William L. Grilliot, Michael Schubert
  • Publication number: 20140000001
    Abstract: A plastic article having a thickness of about 2 mm to about 3.2 mm is disclosed. The article is formed from a thermoplastic composition that includes a first polymer that is a polycarbonate, a second polymer that is a polyphthalatecarbonate, a perfluoroakyl sulfonate salt; and a cyclic siloxane compound. The thermoplastic has a light transmittance at a thickness of 3.2 mm of at least 86% according to ASTM D1003-11E1, a UL94 flammability rating of V0, a notched Izod impact strength at a thickness of 3.2 mm of at least 500 ?m according to ASTM D256-05 with a 2.27 kg weight at a, and a heat deflection temperature at a thickness of 3.2 mm of at least 160° C. according to ASTM D648-06 under a load of 0.45 MPa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Francis Lowery, Jon M. Malinoski
  • Patent number: 8615911
    Abstract: A protective helmet of a type worn by a firefighter or by an emergency worker, wherein the protective helmet is equipped with a mounting device, by which a badge having a front face bearing indicia is mounted to the protective helmet. The mounting device comprises a fitment, which is mounted to the protective helmet and which has a recess opening downwardly and receiving an upper portion of the badge, the upper portion comprising an upper end of the badge. The mounting device comprises a blade, which is mounted to the protective helmet and which has a portion extending upwardly along a back face of the badge as far as the upper edge of the badge, or farther. The badge may be predominantly made of leather. The blade is a leaf spring, which biases the badge frontwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot, Thomas H. Stachler
  • Patent number: 8539613
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a force attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert Klotz
  • Patent number: 8534279
    Abstract: A headgear article includes a head covering member that has an opening formed therein. A panel is disposed over the opening and is removably attached to the head covering member. A respirator system is also disclosed that includes the headgear article and further including a visor and defining an interior zone. The respirator system also includes a clean air supply system having an inlet configured for connection to a source of clean air and an outlet disposed within the interior zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brace, Alex Davies, Alan J. Solyntjes
  • Patent number: 8522418
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes an outer shell having a generally dome-shaped section and a brim extending outwardly from the dome-shaped section. The dome-shaped section and the brim are formed from a thermoplastic material. The helmet further includes a brim support in operative connection with at least a portion of the brim. The brim support is formed from a material that is more heat resistant than the thermoplastic material. The brim support is sufficiently rigid to limit deformation of the brim upon exposure to high temperature. The brim support material can, for example, have a melting point above 500° F. A method of limiting high-temperature deformation in a helmet includes molding an outer shell of the helmet to consist essentially of thermoplastic material, the outer shell comprising a generally dome-shaped portion and a brim extending outwardly from the dome-shaped section by at least 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventor: F. Joseph Hersick
  • Patent number: 8517556
    Abstract: Helmet mounted lighting apparatus and method of manufacture. May utilize LED light source and battery power unit designed for mounting for example on a fire-fighting helmet. May couple with helmet or to an ornamental leather shield typically mounted on the front of a fire-fighting helmet. Enables enhanced visual field at night for benefit of the user. Apparatus is made of material suitable for the harsh conditions encountered by fire suppression and emergency personnel and is mounted in such a fashion as to not conflict with the typical physical features of the helmet or shield. The apparatus includes at least one lamp provided at a front side of the casing, a switch part provided remote to or in one side of the casing, a battery or series of batteries provided remotely or in the interior of the casing and optional time-out, power level adjustment, voltage and/or current control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Christian Boulan
  • Patent number: 8464362
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes an outer shell having a generally dome-shaped section and a brim extending outwardly from the dome-shaped section. The dome-shaped section and the brim are formed from a thermoplastic material. The helmet further includes a brim support in operative connection with at least a portion of the brim. The brim support is formed from a material that is more heat resistant than the thermoplastic material. The brim support is sufficiently rigid to limit deformation of the brim upon exposure to high temperature. The brim support material can, for example, have a melting point above 500° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventor: F. Joseph Hersick
  • Patent number: 8458821
    Abstract: The helmet stabilization apparatus includes a helmet adapted to be worn by a user, a night vision goggle unit attached to a front portion of the helmet, and a removable counterweight attached to a rear portion of the helmet that balances with the weight of the night vision goggle unit, wherein said removable counterweight can be connected in a variety of manners, such as a magnetic means of connection, a hook and loop connection, or a mechanical means of connection. Furthermore, the helmet may provide staggered connections, such that the removable counterweight may be positioned on the helmet at the user's desired orientation. This allows the user to move the center of mass of the system such that it is self-stabilizing on the user's head. Moreover, the removable counterweight may be formed such that when it is removed, it may be coupled with an attachable handle to form a plurality of tools or weapons. This is beneficial in that it provides a collection of tools while only one object need be carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Shrike Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Rivas, III, Timothy Langan
  • Patent number: 8321962
    Abstract: An adapter system for a protective mask (2) serves for movably attaching a protective mask (2) to a helmet (1), wherein the adapter system includes two individual adapters (3), which on the one hand serve for coupling to a connecting device (11) of the helmet (1) by means of a helmet coupling (31) and on the other hand for attaching to the protective mask (2) by means of a mask coupling (37), and the adapters (3) each respectively have a swivelling joint (34), around which a protective mask (2) attached to the adapter (3) is capable of being swivelled. In doing so, the adapters (3) each respectively include a swivelling arm (35) capable of being swivelled relative to the swivelling joint (34), wherein the swivelling arm (35) is adjustable in its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sperian Welding Protection AG
    Inventor: David Moyses
  • Publication number: 20120278963
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a force attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: F. Joseph HERSICK, Kevin R. KETTERER, Robert KLOTZ
  • Patent number: 8225419
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a force attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert Klotz
  • Patent number: 8203458
    Abstract: A safety helmet provides toxic gas monitoring in the field of vision of the helmet user. The safety helmet includes a gas-measuring device of modular design. The safety helmet has a sensor module (5) positioned in the field of vision of the helmet user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Ingo Kaneblei, Sandra Bruegmann, Andreas Nauber
  • Patent number: 8177384
    Abstract: Helmet mounted lighting apparatus and method of manufacture. May utilize LED light source and battery power unit designed for mounting for example on a fire fighting helmet. May couple with helmet or to an ornamental leather shield typically mounted on the front of a fire fighting helmet. Enables enhanced visual field at night for benefit of the user. Apparatus is made of material suitable for the harsh conditions encountered by fire suppression and emergency personnel and is mounted in such a fashion as to not conflict with the typical physical features of the helmet or shield. The apparatus includes at least one lamp provided at a front side of the casing, a switch part provided remote to or in one side of the casing, a battery or series of batteries provided remotely or in the interior of the casing and optional time-out, power level adjustment, voltage and/or current control circuitry. May be secured using any method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Christian Boulan
  • Publication number: 20120060251
    Abstract: Disclosed is a protective helmet and a method for mitigating or preventing a head injury, in which a shock-absorbing, or shock-absorbing and comfort-providing, inner wearing unit, which can comprise liners, comfort pads, protective pads, nubbed cages and/or strapped wearing units (for example spider-shaped wearing elements, wearing straps, head bands or the like), is divided into a shell-side insert and a head-side insert, which can be counter-rotated (preferably starting from application of a predetermined force) in at least one direction, wherein a sliding surface is provided that assumes the function of a rotational surface, so that the angular acceleration introduced by a blow is drastically reduced or prevented because the head-side insert and the shell-side insert, and thus the head of the wearer and the outer helmet shell, can be counter-rotated quickly and without impediment, preferably in all directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Oliver Schimpf
  • Patent number: 8091553
    Abstract: A face mask support for continuous positive airway pressure comprises a circumferential band with biasing means support at the crown of the head on the medial line of the head. The circumferential edge of the cap extends from just below the forehead of a patient to below the inion protrusion at the nape of the neck. A biasing means which is preferably of length of spring steel is formed so as to extend from the biasing means support hold a nasal or face mask apposed to the face of a patient. The circumferential band is stabilized by a band extending from the circumferential band at the region of the ear to the biasing means support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Somnetics Global Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven S. Bordewick, David Markovich, Laurel D. Brandt, Mark J. Weimholt, Amy Raatikka
  • Patent number: 8074300
    Abstract: An article of clothing, comprising a coat assembly having a front side, a backside, and first and second sleeves. The front side and the backside define a shoulder area where they meet above the first and second sleeves. A hood assembly has a crown. Extending from the crown is a flap that terminates at an end. Also extending from the crown at a predetermined angle is a visor. The visor extends from the crown a first predetermined distance. The hood assembly comprises a first zipper tape. The first zipper tape comprises first zipper teeth. A shield assembly comprises a shield. The shield has a second zipper tape. The second zipper tape comprises second zipper teeth. The second zipper teeth have means to engage the first zipper teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Molina
  • Patent number: 7934497
    Abstract: A modular helmet-mask assembly for protecting a user's head and face from hazards such as from chemical and biological warfare agents. The invention includes an impact resistant helmet; a face protection assembly, which can be attached and detached from the helmet; and a transparent, impact resistant lens. The face protection assembly includes an impact resistant face protection shell with a vision port, through which the transparent lens can be positioned; a flexible nosecup assembly positioned to engage the mouth and nose of the user, which also includes a breathe-through airflow assembly and filter unit; and a flexible face seal which surrounds the nosecup assembly and lens and engages the face of the user. An adjustable head harness is attached to the shell or face seal, for adjustably securing the face seal and nosecup to the user's face to maximize comfort and protection while preventing fogging of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Corey M. Grove, Stephen E. Chase
  • Publication number: 20110072548
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a force attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert Klotz
  • Patent number: 7845353
    Abstract: Mask apparatus and methods for providing positive airway pressure therapies are disclosed. The mask apparatus includes a mask secured to the mount with the mask cantilevered from the mount. A circumferential band, a first lateral stabilizing band and a second lateral stabilizing band secure the mount to the head of a user. The methods include securing a mask apparatus to the head of a user and administering a positive airway pressure therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: AEIOMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven S. Bordewick, Bruce Bowman, David Markovich, Laurel D. Brandt, Mark J. Weimholt, Amy Raatikka
  • Publication number: 20090199317
    Abstract: The invention concerns a hard hat having wireless protection to monitor human measuring values, such as, temperature, pulse, moisture and other values which are recorded in the head section of a human and transmitted wirelessly to a stationary or mobile reception unit and which monitor the physical constitution of the hard hat user. The invention is characterized by a device at which a hard hat is equipped with a transponder which, in turn, is data connected with several measuring sensors arranged in and at the hard hat. The transponder is also connected with an antenna located in the upper part of the hard hat. This antenna is able to transmit as omnidirectional wave the transmitting frequency transmitted by the transponder in a specific frequency range to a stationary or mobile transceiver located outside of the field. In addition, the invention is characterized by a procedure to have wireless protection to monitor human measuring values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: IDENTEC SOLUTIONS AG
    Inventors: Stefan Schwiers, Karl-Heinz Feierle
  • Publication number: 20090094720
    Abstract: An eye protector (16) is provided for use in connection with a protective helmet (10) worn by a firefighter or other emergency worker. The protective helmet (10) has a crown (12) and a brim (14) which projects forwardly and laterally from a lower edge of the crown (12). The eye protector (16) includes a pair of transparent, shatter-resistant eye shields (18) that are mounted to the underside of the brim (14) for movement between a storage position and a usage position. Each of the eye shields (18) may have a width W of at least 5.147 inches, may be manufactured from a coated polycarbonate sheet material, and may include an edge enhancement (29) to limit heat related deformation of the eye shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas H. Stachler, Mary I. Grilliot, William L. Grilliot, Roy Paulson
  • Publication number: 20080301845
    Abstract: Helmet mounted lighting apparatus and method of manufacture. May utilize LED light source and battery power unit designed for mounting for example on a fire fighting helmet. May couple with helmet or to an ornamental leather shield typically mounted on the front of a fire fighting helmet. Enables enhanced visual field at night for benefit of the user. Apparatus is made of material suitable for the harsh conditions encountered by fire suppression and emergency personnel and is mounted in such a fashion as to not conflict with the typical physical features of the helmet or shield. The apparatus includes at least one lamp provided at a front side of the casing, a switch part provided remote to or in one side of the casing, a battery or series of batteries provided remotely or in the interior of the casing and optional time-out, power level adjustment, voltage and/or current control circuitry. May be secured using any method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Christian BOULAN
  • Patent number: 7464075
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for efficiently computing personalized rankings of web pages or other interconnected objects. The personalized rankings are produced by efficiently computing an approximation matrix to an ideal personalized page ranking matrix. The methods and systems provided herein can be used to produce search results with particular relevance to an individual searcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Frank David McSherry, Demetrios Achlioptas
  • Patent number: 7373615
    Abstract: Routability (or wiring congestion) in a VLSI chip is becoming increasingly important as chip complexity increases. Congestion has a significant impact on performance, yield, and chip area. The present invention targets the optimization of congestion early in technology independent synthesis prior to physical design. Instead of attempting to optimize the logic structure as well as the spatial placement of a circuit, we pose a more modest goal limiting such optimization to the scope of logic synthesis. That is, we propose an aggressive optimization approach that is cognizant of circuit structure during technology independent synthesis and produces more predictable implementations which give better routability and yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Dougherty, Jr., Victor Kravets, Prabhakar N. Kudva, Andrew J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7348053
    Abstract: Ballistic panels formed by the lamination of highly oriented ultra high molecular weight poly(ethylene) slit films and sheets useful in the fabrication of ballistic containers are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Bae Systems Tensylon H.P. Material, Inc
    Inventors: Gene C. Weedon, Charles Paul Weber, Jr., Kenneth C. Harding
  • Publication number: 20080023002
    Abstract: A safety device is disclosed. The safety device includes a protective component wearable on a user's head. The safety device further includes a display unit configured to present status information at position in the periphery of the field of view of the user. The safety device includes a communications unit connectable to a wireless communication network and configured to send or receive status information. In certain embodiments, the safety device is a breathing apparatus or a head protection device. A method of presenting information to a user of the breathing apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Kent Guelzow, Kurt J. Fenske
  • Patent number: 7315254
    Abstract: A night vision device is disclosed. The device includes a housing that houses an intensifier tube and a proximity sensor mounted on the housing. An ON/OFF switch is operatively coupled to the intensifier tube and to the proximity sensor such that operation of the ON/OFF switch to the “ON” position automatically activates the proximity sensor. A method of operating the night vision device with the proximity sensor is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Smith, Mark E. Oesterreich
  • Patent number: 7251841
    Abstract: The integrated facemask firefighting hood packing system allows a hood to be packed on a facemask. This system reduces the possibility of a hood being in the way of a user when it is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventor: Ralph Corsini
  • Patent number: 7081809
    Abstract: This invention relates to systems to regulate pace. More particularly, this invention relates to providing a user with a regulated pace through the use of an electronic pace regulating, timing, and coaching device. In accordance with the instant invention, a portable programmable electronic device is configured to provide an audible signal at a repeated frequency that is selectable by the user. The pace timer and coaching device provides the user with a set audible cue at a set frequency to be followed during an exercise session. The audible cues provide a single regulated pace to be followed by the user while performing repetitive actions, motions, or strokes such that a desired training or racing pace is adhered to. The device is configured to detachably couple to swim goggles, to a user, to sunglasses, to an arm band, to exercise equipment, or to other articles of clothing utilized while exercising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Finis INC
    Inventors: John Mix, Roar Viala
  • Patent number: 7003801
    Abstract: In a set of protective gear for a firefighter or for an emergency worker, a helmet is covered by an aluminized cover, which is joined to an aluminized shroud along an uninterrupted juncture, so as to eliminate any gap between the shroud and the cover, where the cover is joined to the shroud. In a preferred embodiment, the uninterrupted juncture is defined by a permanent seam, which is sewn and which may be sealed by an adhesive sealant so as to be fluid-impervious. Being uninterrupted, the seam impedes and, if sealed by an adhesive sealant, blocks infiltration of heat, water, gases, or smoke between the shroud and the cover. In an alternative embodiment, cover and the shroud have common region including the uninterrupted juncture, the common region being aluminized. The common region blocks infiltration of heat, water, gases, or smoke between the shroud and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Patent number: 6941952
    Abstract: A mouthpiece assembly for use in detecting impact forces on the neck and head of a user is disclosed. The mouthpiece assembly includes sensors which determine linear and rotational impact forces on the user. The mouthpiece assembly includes a mouth guard having a channel sized to receive the upper teeth therein. A raised dome portion extends from the mouth guard and is adapted to be positioned adjacent the roof of the mouth. The sensors are located in the raised dome portion and the mouth guard or in other locations of the mouthpiece if mouthpiece sensors are required. An indicator is provided to provide a visual and/or audible indication when the magnitude of an impact exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Gus A. Rush, III
  • Patent number: 6867154
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to patterned, flame resistant fabrics and methods of making them. Generally speaking, the fabrics comprise a plurality of high tenacity, flame resistant fibers, and a plurality of cellulosic fibers containing a flame retardant compound, and at least one color which is printed on the fabric to form the pattern. In a preferred embodiment, the flame resistant fibers are para-aramid fibers and the cellulosic fibers are rayon fibers to yield a strong, flame resistant fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Southern Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Clyde C. Lunsford, Phillip H. Riggins, Michael T. Stanhope
  • Patent number: 6832393
    Abstract: A safety visor is produced by etching of metal and a grid that defines a large number of light-permeating holes. The safety visor has at least two zones where the holes are of different areas and/or configuration. An upper central zone has greater light transmission than the remaining zones of the safety visor. The C—C spacing for the hole is constant in both the vertical and lateral directions regardless of in which region of the safety visor the holes are located. In one preferred embodiment, the holes are hexagonal with two approximately parallel sides that are longer than the remaining sides and are directed in the vertical direction of the safety visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Peltor AB
    Inventor: Jan Folkesson
  • Patent number: 6775850
    Abstract: In a protective combination wearable by a firefighter or by an emergency worker, a face mask has a face-conformable gasket defining an outwardly opening trough. Further, a protective garment has a hood, which has a peripheral edge and which defines a tubular hem along the peripheral edge. Moreover, an inflatable tube, which extends through the tubular hem, is adapted to form a seal between the face-conformable gasket and the peripheral edge of the hood, when inflated so as to press the tubular hem along the peripheral edge of the hood into the outwardly opening trough, whereby to provide a seal between the face mask and the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Patent number: 6766530
    Abstract: For a firefighter, rescue worker, or chemical worker or another wearer needing head protection, a protective hood, a fitment, a face mask, and a head harness are combined. The protective hood is adapted to cover the wearer's head, except for a frontal region of the wearer's head. The fitment is attached to the protective hood so as to situate the fitment below the frontal region of the wearer's head. The head harness is attached to the face mask so as to secure the face mask to the wearer's head, over the frontal region of the wearer's head. The fitment is attached detachably to the protective hood and to the face mask. In a preferred embodiment, the fitment is a regulator of a self-contained breathing apparatus. In an alternative embodiment, the fitment is a respirator, to which an air filter is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Publication number: 20040064866
    Abstract: For a firefighter, rescue worker, or chemical worker or another wearer needing head protection, a protective hood, a fitment, a face mask, and a head harness are combined. The protective hood is adapted to cover the wearer's head, except for a frontal region of the wearer's head. The fitment is attached to the protective hood so as to situate the fitment below the frontal region of the wearer's head. The head harness is attached to the face mask so as to secure the face mask to the wearer's head, over the frontal region of the wearer's head. The fitment is attached detachably to the protective hood and to the face mask. In a preferred embodiment, the fitment is a regulator of a self-contained breathing apparatus. In an alternative embodiment, the fitment is a respirator, to which an air filter is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Publication number: 20040064867
    Abstract: For a firefighter, rescue worker, or chemical worker or another wearer needing head protection, a protective hood, a fitment, a face mask, and a head harness are combined. The head harness is attached to the face mask, at an upper portion of the face mask, so as to secure the face mask to the wearer's head, when the face mask and the head harness are worn. The protective hood is attached detachably to the face mask, at a lower portion of the face mask, but is not attached elsewhere. The protective hood is adapted to cover the wearer's head and to cover the head harness, except for a frontal region of the wearer's head, when the protective hood, the face mask, and the head harness are worn. The fitment is attachable to the face mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Patent number: 6691314
    Abstract: For a firefighter, a combination of protective gear comprises a face mask, a head harness, and a protective hood adapted to cover the wearer's head, except for at least a portion of the wearer's face, and to cover an outer perimeter of a window portion of the face mask. The protective hood is attached to the head harness, preferably to flexible straps of the head harness, so that the protective hood is attachable to the face mask, along with the head harness, and so the protective hood is detachable from the window portion, along with the head harness. The protective hood is attached thereto via stitches or is attached thereto detachably, as via snap fasteners or hook-and-loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Patent number: 6687910
    Abstract: A translucent shield (20) is provided for covering a self contained breathing apparatus mask faceplate (22) to simulate smoke. The shield consists of a die cut shape of thermoplastic sheet that duplicates the outline of the self contained breathing apparatus mask faceplate. The translucent shield has a light penetration density concentration simulating smoke in various grades or densities replicating, at the least, limited visibility, intermediate visibility and total engulfment. In order to preclude light penetration, the shape of the shield includes a peripheral overlap (32) onto the mask. A method of removably attaching the shield to the self contained breathing apparatus face mask is provided by the use of pressure sensitive tape (36) or hooks and loop tape (38). The invention simulates smoke which visually limits light transmission to a person wearing an apparatus face mask during training exercise procedures for firefighters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald F. Smallwood
  • Patent number: RE45459
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a three attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert E. Klotz