Patents Represented by Attorney Carstens & Cahoon LLP
  • Patent number: 8335670
    Abstract: A system for determining the calibration factor uncertainty of a radiation sensor. A computing device accepts a mathematical model of the sensor, sample, and other items affecting the calibration factor, wherein each known mathematical model parameter is assigned its normal dimensions or values and each not-well-known parameter is assigned a variable with an upper and lower limit, and a shape parameter that describes the parameter may vary within or about the limits. Random values consistent with the upper and lower limits and shape parameters for each of the variable parameters in the model are then selected, to create a mathematical model of one possible variation of source-detector measurement configuration. The selection and calibration factor computation are then repeated a large number of times and statistical parameters describing the calibration factor and uncertainty are then computed. Another embodiment performs the steps at different energies for spectroscopic detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Canberra Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frazier Bronson, Valery Atrashkevich
  • Patent number: 8322008
    Abstract: A method of repairing a metallic artefact (40) with an open defect in or on a metallic surface or substrate of the metallic artefact includes cold forging the open defect to close the open defect and thereafter laser cladding the cold forged defect with a plurality of laser clad beads (44) applied to the metallic surface or substrate to cover the cold forged defect with a cladded metal layer. Advantageously, in-situ repair of fluid-filled vessels, pipes or the like is made possible by the repair method, in some instances eliminates the need to shut equipment down thereby reducing downtime and the cost associated with lost production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Eskom Holdings Soc Ltd.
    Inventors: Corney Van Rooyen, Herman Burger, Philip Doubell
  • Patent number: 8322604
    Abstract: A system and method for independently verifying a bank note processor's handling of circulating bank notes. Independent detectors are provided along the transport path of a bank note processing device. Also provided is at least one independent memory storage device for logging data from the independent detectors. As the note passes along the transport path, the independent detectors evaluate the note's fitness. The independent detector data is subsequently provided to the central bank or commercial organization for auditing of the bank note processor and for generating bank note statistics. Independent detectors may also be used on the transport path output bins to corroborate the other detectors and to verify the integrity of the sorting logic. Mirrored independent detectors allow for corroborating independent data. The invention is operable on any bank note processing device that performs at least a subset of a fitness determination on each note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Currency Solutions
    Inventors: Richard Glen Haycock, Francisco Manuel Lopez
  • Patent number: 8318229
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to impart a random curvature to frying pre-formed snack pieces in a multi-layer fryer through the use of a contoured submerger. The shape of the contours of a contoured submerger imparts a random final curvature to each snack piece as snack pieces pass through a glass transition during frying. The contours are chosen so as to achieve a desired bulk density for the packaged fried snack products. Such method and apparatus are also useful in controlling the amount of change in bulk density or amount of settling of a packaged product during shipping or handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Pravin Maganlal Desai, John Mampra Mathew, Gerald James Vogel
  • Patent number: 8319114
    Abstract: A dual footprint mounting package for a surface mount power converter modules and its method of manufacture. Castellated regions are formed on the edge of the component package using the appropriate sized drill or milling bit. Edge plating is applied to the castellated surfaces to create edge pads. The edge plating provides electrical continuity between the edge pads and the SMT pads. Solder mask, or other materials, is applied to prevent solder from wicking between each SMT pad and its respective edge pad. Such component may be attached to a larger device PWB using either the edge pads or the SMT pads, or may even be attached using a combination of the two, such as in the event of a pad failure or other defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Densel Lambda K.K.
    Inventors: Sun-Wen Cyrus Cheng, Paulette Lemond, Carl Milton Wildrick
  • Patent number: 8317113
    Abstract: An electrostatic atomization device that electrostatically atomizes condensed water and emits atomized water. The electrostatic atomization device includes a discharge electrode. A water supplier unit includes a cooling unit coupled to the discharge electrode to cool the discharge electrode and a heat radiation unit coupled to the cooling unit to emit heat when the cooling unit performs cooling. The cooling unit cools air and produces condensed water on the discharge electrode. A controller includes electronic components mounted on a circuit board. A casing accommodates the discharge electrode, the water supplier unit, and the controller. First electronic components each of which temperature is increased by a predetermined value or greater are arranged in a heat radiation unit side region of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hidesato Uegaki, Osamu Imahori, Kenji Obata, Atsushi Isaka
  • Patent number: 8313788
    Abstract: A method for producing a shelf-stable protein-based pellet that is capable of expansion into a light, crispy snack cake, while providing a good source of protein and calcium. The method, in preferred embodiments, involves making dough from tapioca and potato starches and a milk protein derivative consisting of whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate or calcium caseinate. The mixture is extruded, sliced and dried in a series of dyers. The method produces a shelf-stable pellet having a moisture level of approximately 9-13% by weight which is further processed to produce a puffed dairy protein snack product, having a moisture level typically less than 2%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Licker, Darrell L. Taylor, Thomas A. Trezza, Craig J. Weitz
  • Patent number: 8307566
    Abstract: A blade gap setting device for a potato chip cutting head, the device comprising an elongate body having an upper surface and a lower surface, at least one mounting for a depth micrometer having a displaceable spindle, the mounting extending from the upper surface to the lower surface to permit a depth micrometer to be mounted to the upper surface with a free end of the displaceable spindle being exposed at the lower surface, a first lower reference surface and a second front reference surface, at least the second front reference surface being located forwardly of the at least one mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH
    Inventors: Ahmed Nadim Khan, Richard Decena Ornelaz, Jr., Brian David Schroeder, David Warren, Julian Romanczukiewicz
  • Patent number: 8306666
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive patient system comprising: apparatus; sensing means associated with the apparatus, the sensing means adapted to send, receive or identify a location signal; presence identification means associated with a region of a patient, the presence identification means adapted to send, receive or identify a location signal; and altering means adapted to alter a property of the apparatus in proximity to the presence identification means upon identification of an activity signal, thereby effecting an activity in the vicinity of the region of the patient, wherein the activity signal is associated with transmission or identification of at least one location signal as between the sensing means and the presence identification means. Also provided is a method for providing a directed response to a region of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: David Huber, Craig Andrews
  • Patent number: 8304692
    Abstract: A welding torch 30 has a first tip body 32, a pressurization shaft 43, and a second tip body 50 detachably connected to a distal end of the first tip body 32. A power supply tip 54 is accommodated in an accommodation hole 51 of the second tip body 50. The power supply tip 54 is removable from the accommodation hole 51 of the second tip body 50 after the second tip body 50 is removed from the first tip body 32. The power supply tip 54 is held in contact with the pressurization shaft 43 and urged by a compression spring 44 when the second tip body 50 is connected to the first tip body 32. A tip holder 60 is arranged at a distal end of the second tip body 50 in such a manner as to cover a distal end of the power supply tip 54.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Daihen Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Ohkubo, Masaru Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8296963
    Abstract: A blade gap setting device for attachment to a blade holder of a blade cutter assembly has an elongate body with an upper surface and a lower surface and at least one mounting for a depth micrometer having a displaceable spindle. The depth micrometer is installed through a channel of the mounting, with a free end of the displaceable spindle being exposed beneath the mounting. The device also has a first rounded front reference surface located at a position in front of the mounting, a second front reference surface extending downwardly from the body, and a third lower reference surface below the mounting or spindle. The reference surfaces serve as contact points to bear against interior portions of the blade cutter assembly; in particular, the blade holder and a top surface of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Decena Omelaz
  • Patent number: 8301508
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for conducting electronic online auctions, which creates a perception of scarcity in the marketplace enhancing the demand for and marketability of the goods while minimizing the exposure time of the goods in the marketplace. The present invention improves the efficiency for conducting the liquidation sale of goods by directing the goods to auction venues having specific market parameters that will generate the highest bid. The present invention also provides suppliers with a dynamic market for expeditiously liquidating merchandise without undue exposure of their goods to the general market. The present invention is easily scalable on both its supply and demand end. The liquidation sale of merchandise is controlled by limiting the amount of available merchandise supplied to each auction venue. Furthermore, the metering of the auction merchandise is controlled as a function of both the product characteristic and the auction parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: John J. House
  • Patent number: 8292028
    Abstract: An improved fall arrest lanyard apparatus and method for decelerating and arresting a user from impacting the ground after a fall, along with an integrated, deployable etrier. After the fall sequence has ended, the user may orient himself in a comfortable position using the deployed etrier so as to prevent or relieve the effects of suspension trauma while the user awaits rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Tech Safety Lines, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Wise
  • Patent number: 8292952
    Abstract: A lens for placement in a human eye, such as intraocular lens, has at least some of its optical properties formed with a laser. The laser forms modified loci in the lens when the modified loci have a different refractive index than the refractive index of the material before modification. Different patterns of modified loci can provide selected dioptic power, toric adjustment, and/or aspheric adjustment provided. Preferably both the anterior and posterior surfaces of the lens are planar for ease of placement in the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Aaren Scientific Inc.
    Inventor: Josef F. Bille
  • Patent number: 8289200
    Abstract: A detection device for detecting the presence of a speed detection system, red light camera, or other electronic surveillance means. The device includes a display means whereby the graphical and audible presentation changes from the non alert condition to the alert condition in accordance to a user selectable choice of options, thereby increasing awareness to the surveillance threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Whistler Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Batten, Craig R Autio
  • Patent number: 8284248
    Abstract: The present invention is a method to detect defects in a process producing a food product by utilizing multivariate image analysis. In one aspect, an image is captured of the food product in the visible spectrum by on-line vision equipment, multivariate image analysis is performed on the image via an algorithm programmed onto a field programmable gate array to determine if a defect exists, a signal is sent to downstream sorting equipment, and the sorting equipment then rejects those food products that contain defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr., Enrique Michel
  • Patent number: 8281819
    Abstract: The apparatus and method of the subject invention facilitates the filling of an air-permeable casement or shell with feather down material. The apparatus of the subject invention includes two chambers which are selectively connected to one another by means of a passageway. The subject invention further includes a mechanism for selectively inducing a partial vacuum in either chamber to facilitate the filling of article casements with feather down. By inducing a partial vacuum in the first chamber and connecting a supply hose to its access port, feather down may be conveyed from a supply container into the first chamber. By selectively opening the passageway and inducing a partial vacuum in the second chamber, the feather down is conveyed from the first chamber to the second chamber in a clean, efficient and controlled manner where it is contained within an air permeable casement formed over the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: The Pillow Bar, LLC
    Inventor: Mary Stephens Dillon
  • Patent number: 8276353
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing end seals on vertical stand-up packages that prevents pleat formation and gusset variation. A clamping device is mounted below sealing jaws. A bottom end seal is made by the sealing jaws to form an open-ended tube. The open-ended tube is moved downward. The clamping device engages the tube to prevent twisting when product is placed into the tube. Product then enters an open-ended tube of flexible film packaging and the top seal is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Mike Reaves, Jeryl Edwin White
  • Patent number: 8277858
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a method for making a healthy snack food having an appearance and taste similar to conventional fried snack products without the use of an oil-flying process. The method of the present invention includes the steps of providing food slices from a starch-based food or dough. The food slices can be blanched and a controlled amount of oil can be added to enhance final organoleptical properties. The food slices are then rapidly dehydrated to a much lower moisture content in a primary drying step that simulates conventional frying dehydration rates. A food snack, such as a corn or potato-based snack, produced by this method is a low-fat, ready-to-eat snack having the conventional texture and taste associated with fried snack products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH
    Inventors: John Richard Bows, Colin Jeffrey Burnham, David Lester Hickie, Greg Paul Hilliard, Michelle Louise Lock, Brian Richard Newberry, Rocco Dominic Papalia, Joanna Louise Peart
  • Patent number: 8273401
    Abstract: A phytosterol/salt mixture for even topical application to snack products. At least one free phytosterol in dry form is combined with at least one salt of a similar particle size to form a homogenous blend and applied to the surface of a hot snack food product. The at least one free phytosterol can also be part of a phytosterol blend comprised of at least 95% free phytosterols. To ensure that neither the phytosterol nor salt component settles out and to provide for uniformity of the homogenous blend, the phytosterol blend is of a similar size distribution to the at least one salt. In test runs, a phytosterol blend and at least one salt were combined in a ratio of approximately 53:47, with size ranges determined by sieve analysis to generally fell within the range of 149 to 400 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Malina Elizabeth Janakat