Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Brian Roffe
  • Patent number: 8346438
    Abstract: Method and system for deploying an occupant restraint device in a vehicle includes arranging a sensor to detect a rear impact and deploying the occupant restraint device when the sensor detects the rear impact of sufficient magnitude to require deployment of the occupant restraint device to prevent injury to the occupant. The sensor may be a crush sensor which preferably extends across a major portion of the rear of the vehicle, an inertial sensor and/or an anticipatory sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8327870
    Abstract: A slide valve for blocking a line conveying media includes a multi-part housing having a passage opening and in which a slider plate operable by a drive component is moved longitudinally. To both sides of the slider plate, laterally to its direction of movement, a respective longitudinal seal is disposed above the passage opening in a longitudinal groove in the housing. Each longitudinal seal has an elastic sealing profile and bars adjacent to the latter. Each elastic sealing profile is preferably provided on the front side with two sealing lips spaced apart from one another, touching the slider plate, and in the central region with groove-shaped chambers on both sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: SISTAG AG Absperrtechnik
    Inventor: Hans-Jorg Sidler
  • Patent number: 8322193
    Abstract: Transdermal diffusion cell testing vessel includes a container defining a chamber having an opening against which skin is placed, and a casing arranged partially around and spaced apart from part of the container to define a compartment therebetween. The chamber retains a saline solution and is not in flow communication with the compartment through which water is circulated. The vessel includes separate inlet ports and outlet ports, each including a conduit communicating with the chamber or compartment. The outlet port of the chamber is angled downward relative to a horizontal upper surface of the container against which skin being tested is placed. The vessel is used for conducting transdermal diffusion cell testing in combination with a solution source fluidly coupled to each vessel, a waste receptacle fluidly coupled to each vessel, a syringe pump fluidly coupled to a respective vessel, and a sample collector fluidly coupled to the syringe pump(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Logan Instruments Corp.
    Inventors: Jose Castro, Yu Sheng Zhang, Luke Lee
  • Patent number: 8310363
    Abstract: Asset including an arrangement for monitoring inanimate objects in an interior thereof includes a sensor system arranged on each object in the asset and arranged to obtain data about the object, a location determining system arranged on the asset to monitor the location of the asset, and a communication system arranged on the asset and coupled to the sensor system and the location determining system. The communication system transmits the data about each object obtained by the sensor system and the location of the asset provided by the location determining system to one or more remote facilities, these remote facilities being those interested in the information about the objects in the asset being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8302662
    Abstract: A continuous casting plant in particular for long steel products is provided with a mould (1), from which a cast strand (2) is continuously cast. The cast strand (2) is guided along a, in particular curved, guideway formed by guide rollers (11, 12, 13, 14) arranged one after the other, and at the same time in a cooling chamber having spray members. The guide rollers (12, 13, 14) and/or the spray members are contained in a plurality of centring modules (10) or spray modules (3) arranged one after the other and are adjustable in a controlled manner substantially concentrically with respect to the desired axis of the cast strand. As a result, on the one hand, the risk of thermally overloading the rollers and damaging the strand surface is considerably reduced and symmetrical cooling is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: SMS Concast AG
    Inventors: Franz Kawa, Christian Dratva
  • Patent number: 8300153
    Abstract: Video selection display unit that is capable of routing real-time output signals having a video component from different video signal sources, e.g., different instruments or home entertainment devices, to a single output for display on a monitor or other type of video display. The video selection display unit may be part of an automatic test system or home entertainment system. Control of the video selection display unit can be effected locally via a user interface, such as one or more pushbuttons, and/or remotely over a network which may be the same network used for communication with the instruments or devices or using an infrared remote control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Testing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Engel, Robert Spinner, William Harold Leippe
  • Patent number: 8286910
    Abstract: Unmanned aircraft for telecommunicative or other scientific purposes, which is stationed at a determined height, in particular in the stratosphere. The aircraft includes a gas-filled balloon carrying a platform and equipment that maintains the platform in a position relative to the ground. The balloon carrying the platform is disposed in the interior of an external balloon of aerodynamical shape, particularly in the stratosphere. At least one low or high pressure insulation chamber filled with a medium is arranged between them and encircles the inner balloon. The medium used in the insulation chamber is a gas having a low thermal conductivity. The negative effects of the temperature differences are largely compensated so that the inner balloon can be produced from a lighter and cheaper material, thereby increasing durably its longevity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Kamal Alavi
  • Patent number: 8269529
    Abstract: Very low phase noise radio frequency (RF) source having multiple discrete frequency outputs used, for example, to calibrate phase noise measurement systems. The calibrator output frequencies can be tailored for a particular application using a scalable architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Testing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahen Minassian, Eli Levi, Richard Engel
  • Patent number: 8266871
    Abstract: Waste disposal device adapted to receive a waste-containing member includes a container defining a waste-receiving compartment having an opening, a lid connected to the container and having a first, closed position covering the opening of the container and a second, open position in which the opening is exposed, and a rotation mechanism arranged in the container to rotate the waste-containing member when present in the container. The rotation mechanism is arranged to rotate the waste-containing member upon closure of the lid. A switch mechanism enables opening movement of the lid to cause the rotation mechanism to rotate the waste-containing member or prevent the rotation mechanism from rotating the waste-containing member depending on a setting of the switch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8266870
    Abstract: Waste disposal device includes a container defining a waste-receiving compartment having an opening, a lid connected to the container and having a closed position covering the opening of the container and an open position in which the opening is exposed, and a twisting assembly that engages with and twists or untwists a bag or tubing that extends through the twisting assembly and into which waste is inserted. A manual actuator or controller has a first position in engagement with the twisting assembly to enable manual rotation of the twisting assembly and a second position out of engagement with the twisting assembly. When the manual actuator is in the first position, the twisting assembly is manually rotatable in at least one direction, and possibly both, and in the second position, the manual actuator is freely movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8267348
    Abstract: Unmanned aircraft used as a platform for telecommunication or other scientific purposes at a predetermined altitude in the stratosphere. The unmanned aircraft includes a pressurized balloon filled with gas and that supports the platform. The pressurized balloon is arranged within an outer balloon provided with an aerodynamic external shape in the stratosphere and forms a low-pressure or high-pressure insulating chamber around the pressurized balloon. A heating and cooling system circulates medium in the insulating chamber and electrically driven propellers are located outside the outer balloon to maintain the position of the platform relative to the Earth. The negative effects that extreme differences in temperature have on the gas pressure in the pressurized balloon are thus largely cancelled such that the pressurized balloon can be made of a lighter and cheaper material and the service life thereof is effectively extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Kamal Alavi
  • Patent number: 8267150
    Abstract: An apparatus for starting the casting of a continuous casting system has a mold (2) and a strand guide (10; 10?) comprising drive and guide rollers (11, 12; 11?, 12?). Moreover, a dummy bar (22) that can be introduced into the mold (2) by the strand guide (10; 10?) and be withdrawn from said mold is provided. A safety device (20; 20?) for the dummy bar (22) has an element (25) that can be engaged, with form fit, with the dummy bar (22) and limiting the speed of the cold bar (22). It is thus guaranteed that a predetermined maximum strand speed can not be exceeded and that the dummy bar does not slide through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: SMS Concast AG
    Inventors: Philip Eichenberger, Thomas Meier
  • Patent number: 8260537
    Abstract: Method for modifying an existing vehicle on a retrofit basis to integrate the vehicle into an information exchange system in which the vehicle includes a processor arranged to receive information and use the information in the operation of the vehicle. A communications device is coupled to the processor and can be used to establish communications with other vehicles or infrastructure to receive information from the other vehicles and infrastructure and/or provide information generated by the vehicle to the other vehicles or infrastructure. The received information may be displayed to an occupant of the vehicle on an existing display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8253315
    Abstract: System that focuses electron beams in an electro-static area to a laminar flow of electrons with uniform distribution of current density and extraordinary demagnification includes a housing having a first interior portion and a second interior portion electrically insulated from the first interior portion. The second interior portion has an electric field-free space. An electrode system is disposed in the first interior portion and includes a cathode assembly and at least one anode assembly. The cathode assembly generates an electron beam that passes through each anode assembly and then into the electric field-free space in the second interior portion. A position of a crossover point on a longitudinal axis maybe regulated by varying dimensions of a substantially cylindrical portion of the anode assembly and a substantially cylindrical portion of a near-cathode electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: ATTI International Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Artush A. Abgaryan, Eli Levi
  • Patent number: 8255144
    Abstract: System and method for conveying data between vehicles includes a data generating system arranged on a first vehicle to obtain or generate information about the first vehicle or conditions around the first vehicle, a first communications system arranged on the first vehicle and coupled to the data generating system for communicating with a wireless Internet service provider (ISP) and a second communications system arranged on a second vehicle and communicating with an ISP. The first communications system enables the information obtained or generated by the data generating system to be transmitted via the Internet to the second communications system. The first and second communications systems can communicate with the same ISP or different ISPs linked to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wendell C. Johnson, Wilbur E. DuVall
  • Patent number: 8248297
    Abstract: System that measures absolute or additive phase noise includes a power divider for dividing an input RF signal, a local oscillator, two mixers, each arranged in a path of a respective signal component from the power divider and receiving input from the power divider and local oscillator, two digital radio frequency memories, each associated with a respective mixer and receiving an input signal therefrom, and a digital signal processor that receives signals from the digital radio frequency memories and outputs a digital data stream indicative of measured phase noise. For absolute phase noise measurement, phase noise of the input RF signal is provided. For additive phase noise measurement, a unit under test is arranged in one of the paths between the power divider and the mixer. The system may be interposed between a radar transmitter of a radar environment simulator and a radar receiver coupled to a radar target display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Testing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Baker, Eli Levi
  • Patent number: 8249845
    Abstract: Arrangement and method for simulating electro-mechanical systems includes a simulator for simulating an operating environment of a plurality of different electro-mechanical systems, a first interface unit for enabling the simulator to interface with a host computer and input/output devices, and a second interface unit for enabling the simulator to be reprogrammed and re-configured to enable simulation of the operating environment of the different electro-mechanical systems. The simulator may include a user-programmable field programmable gate array and a digital signal processing unit coupled to the field programmable gate array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Testing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Britch, Emery Korpi
  • Patent number: 8235416
    Abstract: In or for a vehicle, an arrangement for measuring weight of an occupant of a seat connected to a floor of the vehicle via a slide mechanism, the floor, in part, defining a passenger compartment of the vehicle. A support structure extends between the slide mechanism and the seat. A force sensing device is coupled to the support structure and configured for measuring force in the support structure indicative of weight applied by the occupant to the seat. The weight may be used for component control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences LLC
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wendell C. Johnson, Wilbur E. DuVall
  • Patent number: 8235237
    Abstract: Waste disposal device that receives a waste-containing member includes a container defining a waste-receiving compartment having an opening, a lid having a closed position covering the opening and an open position in which the opening is exposed, and a rotation mechanism arranged in the container to rotate the waste-containing member when present. The rotation mechanism is arranged to rotate the waste-containing member upon closure of the lid without manual handling of the lid. A foot pedal assembly includes a depressible foot pedal and a spring, and is arranged to cause both opening of the lid when the foot pedal is depressed and closure of the lid when the pressing force is removed. The spring is moved against its bias upon depression of the foot pedal and returns to its original state when the pressing force is removed to thereby cause closure of the lid and rotation of the waste-containing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8235355
    Abstract: A slide valve, in particular for blocking a line conveying media, is provided with a multi-part housing (2) having a passage opening (3). Disposed in this housing (2) are two slider plates (4, 5), parallel to one another, moveable at right angles to the passage opening (3), and which can be moved from an open position into a closed position tightly blocking the passage opening (3) by means of a common drive mechanism (10). Means are provided for connecting the two slider plates (4, 5) to one another and to the drive mechanism (10), and which in the closed position allow a pre-determined relative movement of the slider plates (4, 5) in relation to one another in their direction of movement. Thus, even with tolerance deviations with regard to the slider plates and/or their counter-surfaces, a long-lasting blocking function of both slider plates is guaranteed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: SISTAG AG Absperrtechnik
    Inventor: Hans-Jörg Sidler