Patents Represented by Attorney Kris T. Fredrick
  • Patent number: 7518380
    Abstract: A chemical impedance detector having several electrodes situated on or across a dielectric layer of a substrate. The electrodes may be across or covered with a thin film polymer. Each electrode may have a set of finger-like electrodes. Each set of finger-like electrodes may be intermeshed, but not in contact, with another set of finger-like electrodes. The thin-film polymer may have a low dielectric constant and a high porous surface area. The chemical impedance detector may be incorporated in a micro fluid analyzer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Fouad Nusseibeh, Robert Higashi
  • Patent number: 7517201
    Abstract: An asymmetric micro pump may be adapted to provide a greater fluid compression between input and output ports of the micro pump, as well as increased flow rate due to higher actuation frequency. In some instances, asymmetric dual diaphragm micro pumps may be combined into assemblies to provide increased pressure build, improved pumping volume, or both, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Eugen I. Cabuz, Tzu-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 7505827
    Abstract: A scheduler for a finite capacity process provides a schedule based on an integrated assessment of both discrete and continuous constraints. Given a list of products to be provided, the scheduler generates a set of activities required to produce the products and identifies resources required and the discrete and continuous constraints related to such resources. Activities are resized, and timelines are established for the activities as a function of deadlines for the product delivery for which the activities are related. Resource balancing heuristics are used to redistribute resource utilization to prevent bottlenecks. Data structures are used to keep track of constraints. Both discrete and continuous constraints are defined. Separate solver engines for the discrete and continuous constraint problems modify the constraints. The data structures are used to share and propagate constraints between the two engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Boddy, Daniel P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7502106
    Abstract: A surface enhanced Raman scatter (SERS) analyte analyzer. The analyzer has floating surfaces for enhancement of the Raman scattered light from sample molecules. An injector may provide a spray of charged nanoparticles suspended in droplets of an evaporable solution into a chamber. When the solution quickly evaporates, droplets of nanoparticles are left without a supporting solution. These droplets or cloud of charged nanoparticles may then explode into a dispersion or aerosol. The charged nanoparticles may attract molecules of a sample for attachment to their surfaces. A laser light may impinge the attached molecules which may result in surface enhanced Raman scattered light received by a detector or a light spectrometer. Wavelength signatures may then be obtained from the spectrometer. The signatures may provide information about the molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yuandong Gu, James A. Cox, Barrett E. Cole
  • Patent number: 7501626
    Abstract: A radiation sensor that can operate in the THz regime comprising: a micro antenna, which may comprise a two-dimensional patterned thin-film metallizations on a thin dielectric pellicle fabricated by micro machining of a silicon wafer; a thermally isolated microstructure; a coupling mechanism for coupling the energy from the micro antenna to the microstructure, the coupling mechanism providing high thermal isolation between the micro antenna and the microstructure; a temperature signal detector on the microstructure; and signal processing electronics for receiving the temperature signal and processing it into useful data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Roland A. Wood, James A. Cox, Robert E. Higashi, Fouad A. Nusseibeh
  • Patent number: 7502109
    Abstract: An optical spectrometer having a multi-wafer structure. The structure may be fabricated with MEMS technology. The spectrometer may be integrated with a fluid analyzer. A reflective grating such as a diffraction or holographic grating situated on the circumference of a Rowland circle along with a point of light emission and a detector may be a configuration of the spectrometer. Some configurations may use an external light source where the light may be optically conveyed to the point of emission on the circle. There may be a Raman configuration where an interaction of light with a sample or an interactive film of a channel in a fluid analyzer is the point of light emission for the spectrometer. In some configurations of the spectrometer, the grating and/or the film may be reflective or transmissive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, James Detry, Teresa Marta, Klein Johnson
  • Patent number: 7494326
    Abstract: An ion pump having conductive electrodes on both sides of an insulator which may form a number of channels. These electrodes may provide electrical discharges which have a corona or cold cathode emission for ionization. The electrodes and the insulator may be layers having openings that form the channels. The openings in one electrode layer may have a sharp-like configuration and the openings in the other electrode layer may have a non-sharp-like configuration. Ions may be predominately in-situ generated proximate to the sharp-like openings and have the polarity of these openings. These ions may induce a fluid flow through the channels of neutral molecules as a result of a force and viscous drag of the ions. The sharp-like openings may have nanotube whiskers or a thin film structure for facilitating an electrical discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 7485153
    Abstract: Instrument-cartridge interfaces for fluidic analyzers that have an instrument and a removable cartridge are disclosed. For example, and in one illustrative embodiment, the instrument may include a needle that is adapted to penetrate a septum on a removable cartridge. In another illustrative embodiment, the instrument may include a plunger that is adapted to deform a deformable membrane on a removable cartridge. In yet another illustrative embodiment, the instrument may include a nozzle that is adapted to mate and seal with a flow channel on a removable cartridge. Techniques for detecting the flow rate in a flow channel on a removable cartridge, as well as the position of fluid in a flow channel of a removable cartridge, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Padmanabhan, Tom Rezachek, Ron L. Bardell, Douglas Bird, Bernard S. Fritz
  • Patent number: 7486387
    Abstract: An optical detection system for flow cytometry that uses two or more light sources positioned laterally at different distances from a central axis of a flow stream for providing light through different parts of the flow stream. One or more lenses are used to focus the light from the two or more light sources through the flow stream and onto a common focal point or region on the opposite side of the flow stream. One or more light detectors are then placed at, near or around the common focal point or region. A processor or the like receives at least one output signal from the one or more light detectors to analyze and determine selected characteristics of the flow stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard S. Fritz
  • Patent number: 7486398
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring toxic chemicals in groundwater includes the use of a groundwater vaporizer and a CRDS (Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy) block. The CRDS block includes a three-mirror ring down cavity in which a fiber is coupled to a top prismatic mirror in order to permit vertical entry of a laser beam. One of the mirrors can be piezo-electrically tuned so that the ring down cavity is in resonance with the laser beam and a third mirror includes a read out detector to measure the laser beam intensity. Vapors from the groundwater vaporizer pass through vapor inlet channels, which include a permeable membrane in order to permit vapors to flow into the ring down cavity. The system monitors, for example, trichloroethylene (TCE) concentrations and other chemicals present in groundwater utilizing data transmitted from the read out detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Barrett E. Cole
  • Patent number: 7476852
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to detector structures for use in a micro gas analyzer, preferably in a differential setup. The detector structures may comprise one or more detector types, such as photo-ionization (PID), electron capture (ECD), ion mobility (IMS), differential mobility (DMS), ion-trap mass spectrometer (ITMS), in which all are provided with ions and electrons from one vacuum ultra violet (VUV) source. This source may also provide ions for ion-based gas pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Teresa M. Marta, Karen M. Newstrom-Peitso
  • Patent number: 7474992
    Abstract: A trending system and method for trending data in a physical or clock system. The trending system includes a sliding window filter. The sliding window filter receives a data set of data points generated by the clock system. The sliding window filter partitions the data set into a plurality of data windows, and uses the data windows to calculate upper and lower confidence bounds for the data set. Specifically, the sliding window filter calculates upper confidence bounds and lower confidence bounds for each data point using each of the multiple data windows that includes the data point. The sliding window filter then selects the upper confidence bounds and the lower confidence bounds that result in the smallest mean prediction confidence interval for that data point. This results in a smoothed estimated trend for the data set that can be used for prognostication and fault detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Kartik B. Ariyur
  • Patent number: 7471851
    Abstract: The dataset describing an entity in a first modality and of a first, high resolution is used to enhance the resolution of a dataset describing the same entity in a second modality of a lower resolution. The two data sets of different modalities are spatially registered to each other. From this information, a joint histogram of the values in the two datasets is computed to provide a raw analysis of how the intensities in the first dataset correspond to intensities in the second dataset. This is converted into a joint probability of possible intensities for the missing pixels in the low resolution dataset as a function of the intensities of the corresponding pixels in the high-resolution dataset to provide a very rough estimate of the intensities of the missing pixels in the low resolution dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Strelow
  • Patent number: 7470894
    Abstract: A multi-substrate package assembly having a first substrate, a second substrate and a package, each with a number of bond pads. The package includes a cavity for receiving either or both of the first and second substrates, with a number of bond pads positioned along at least part of the periphery of the cavity. The first substrate and the second substrate are preferably positioned in the cavity of the package, with selected bond pads of the first substrate and second substrate electrically connected to selected bond pads of the package. In some embodiments, the bond pads of the first substrate are only connected to bond pads on one or more sides of the cavity, and the bond pads of the second substrate are only connected to bond pads on one or more of the remaining sides of the cavity. The packaging assembly of the present invention can be used in many applications, including spectrally tunable optical detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Barrett E. Cole, Robert E. Higashi, Christopher J. Zins, Subash Krishnankutty
  • Patent number: 7471242
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to the installation and positioning of the receivers of a wireless tracking system. In such a system, a wireless beaconing device transmits a signal that can be detected by a plurality of wireless receivers positioned at various known locations. Each wireless receiver records information derived from the signal from which it can make an estimate of the distance or relative position of the beaconing device. A controller correlates the information received from the multiple receivers and uses it to estimate the location of the individual. In such systems, the accuracy of the estimated position of the beaconing device depends on the accuracy to which the positions of the receivers are known. A technique is disclosed in which an installer carries a tracking device that can track the person's position and/or movements. The installer starts at a base location and resets the tracking device to cause the tracking device to record this position as the base position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Soumitri N. Kolavennu, Anoop K. Mathur, Seshan Srirangarajan
  • Patent number: 7471394
    Abstract: An optical detection system for use in flow cytometry or the like, which includes a polarizing beamsplitter 820 such as a Wollaston prism. A light source provides an input light beam to a flow stream, wherein the input light beam has a polarization direction. The particles in the flow stream may produce an output light beam that includes a polarized component and a depolarized component. The polarizing beamsplitter receives the output light beam, and provides a polarized light beam and a depolarized light beam to a pair of detectors. The pair of detectors provide a first output signal that corresponds to the polarized light beam and a second output signal that corresponds to the depolarized light beam. A controller or processor may use the first output signal and the second output signal to help identify/classify particles and/or particle characteristics in the flow stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Padmanabhan, Bernard S. Fritz
  • Patent number: 7468515
    Abstract: A light detector having spaced electrodes preset by pins or a spacer within a sealed enclosure. The detector may have a MEMS structure that is separate from the sealing of the enclosure. Further, the detector may have a lens for the transmission of light onto the elements. The lens may be coated to affect the amount of light admitted into the enclosure. Light detectable by the sensor may be ultra-violet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Barrett E. Cole, Robert E. Higashi, James Bartels, Norm Planer, Gregg Swanson
  • Patent number: 7467614
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using pedal position and/or pedal change rate in the fuel side and/or air side control of an engine. By knowing the pedal position and/or pedal rate, an engine controller may anticipate future fuel and/or air needs of the engine, and adjust the fuel profile and/or air profile to meet those anticipated needs. This may help improve the responsiveness, performance and emissions of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Stewart, Syed M. Shahed, Francesco Borrelli, Gregory J. Hampson
  • Patent number: 7469177
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling automotive powertrains using a distributed control architecture are disclosed. A distributed control system may include a supervisory control unit for controlling one or more powertrain subsystems, and one or more subsystem control units in communication with the supervisory control unit. The supervisory control unit can be configured to execute a central optimization algorithm that computes variables from across multiple powertrain subsystems, and then outputs a number of globally approximated command values to each associated subsystem control unit. In some embodiments, the central optimization algorithm can be configured to solve a global cost function or optimization routine. One or more of the subsystem control units can be configured to execute a lower-level algorithm or routine, which can comprise a higher-fidelity model than that used by the central optimization algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Tariq Samad, Syed M. Shahed, Joseph Z. Lu, Gregory E. Stewart, Vladimir Ravlena
  • Patent number: 7469060
    Abstract: A face detection and recognition system having several arrays imaging a scene at different bands of the infrared spectrum. The system may use weighted subtracting and thresholding to distinguish human skin in a sensed image. A feature selector may locate a face in the image. The face may be framed or the image cropped with a frame or border to incorporate essentially only the face. The border may be superimposed on an image direct from an imaging array. A sub-image containing the face may be extracted from within the border and compared with a database of face information to attain recognition of the face. A level of recognition of the face may be established. Infrared lighting may be used as needed to illuminate the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Bazakos, Vassilios Morellas, Andrew Johnson, Yunqian Ma