Patents Represented by Attorney Pasquale Musacchio
  • Patent number: 7655144
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment system for treating wastewater by processes which include aeration. The system includes an influent conduit for delivery of wastewater to be processed and a treatment tank for processing of the wastewater. Also included is an air conduit for providing compressed air for aeration of the wastewater and a particle size regulation device disposed between the conduit and the tank, wherein the particle size regulation device regulates a size of particles present in the wastewater to provide particle size regulated wastewater. The system also includes at least one aeration jet having a nozzle diameter sized to allow the particle size regulated wastewater to pass through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Water Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Edward J. Jordan, James E. Augustyn
  • Patent number: 7550076
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment system for treating wastewater by processes which include aeration. The system includes an influent conduit for delivery of wastewater to be processed and a treatment tank for processing of the wastewater. Also included is an air conduit for providing compressed air for aeration of the wastewater and a particle size regulation device disposed between the conduit and the tank, wherein the particle size regulation device regulates a size of particles present in the wastewater to provide particle size regulated wastewater. The system also includes at least one aeration jet having a nozzle diameter sized to allow the particle size regulated wastewater to pass through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Water Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Edward J. Jordan, James E. Augustyn
  • Patent number: 7063060
    Abstract: An air induction system for an internal combustion engine. The system includes an air cleaner having an air intake and an intake manifold for distributing air to cylinders of the engine. A throttle body installed in a neck portion of the manifold is also provided, wherein the throttle body serves to regulate a flow of air to the manifold. In addition, the system includes a hose for providing air from the air cleaner to the manifold and the throttle body, wherein the hose includes a first end which is affixed to both the throttle body and the manifold. The first end also includes sealing elements for sealing the throttle body and the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Desmond Daly
  • Patent number: 7011076
    Abstract: A solenoid for use in valves used in evaporative emission control systems, such as canister purge valves or vent solenoid valves. The solenoid includes a housing having an inlet port and an outlet port. The housing further includes a guide element having a bobbin section. A valve shaft is slidably mounted to the guide element, wherein the valve shaft includes a permanent magnet and a valve element. The valve element is movable between a closed position wherein the inlet port is closed and an open position wherein the inlet port is opened. A coil is formed on the bobbin adjacent the magnet. In use, the coil generates directional magnetic fields oriented to cause the magnet to be repelled to move the valve element to the open position and oriented to cause a magnetic attraction with the magnet to move the valve element to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Andrew Weldon, Gary Everingham
  • Patent number: 6957643
    Abstract: A carrier for mounting to an internal combustion engine having an intake manifold port, a fuel injector and a cylinder head port extending from a cylinder head. The carrier includes a central portion having an internal passageway for providing fuel to the fuel injector. An attachment portion extends from the central portion which is affixed between the cylinder head and the intake manifold ports. The carrier further includes a sleeve extending from the central portion for receiving the fuel injector, which is sealed by the sleeve and an O-ring. The fuel injector, port seals, injector O-ring, wiring harness, connector and fuel rail are integrated into a single carrier to provide sealing, electrical connectivity, and fuel delivery functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Ki-Ho Lee, James Kenneth Vanderveen
  • Patent number: 6867512
    Abstract: A solenoid for use in a valve such as an exhaust gas recirculation valve for a motor vehicle. The solenoid includes a housing having a coil for generating a first magnetic field. An armature is slidably mounted in the housing. The solenoid further includes a permanent magnet having a second magnetic field, wherein the magnet is located adjacent the armature. In addition, a stator is affixed in the housing for cooperation with the armature and the magnet to form a third magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Gilles Delaire, Frederic Gagnon
  • Patent number: 6787946
    Abstract: A solenoid for use in a valve such as an exhaust gas recirculation valve for a motor vehicle. The solenoid includes a housing having a coil for generating a first magnetic field. An armature is slidably mounted in the housing. The solenoid further includes a permanent magnet having a second magnetic field, wherein the magnet is located adjacent the armature. In addition, a stator is affixed in the housing for cooperation with the armature and the magnet to form a third magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Gilles Delaire, Frederic Gagnon
  • Patent number: 6043818
    Abstract: A graphical user interface displays a three-dimensional icon with a background image. The 3D icon is selectable by a user to carry out a corresponding function. The icon is continuously rotated and having a shadow. A graphical user interface also displays a first menu image on a display for an operating system on a computer. The first menu image includes a taskbar image which carries button images selectable by the user to carry out a function. The GUI also displays a second menu image on the display for a navigator software which is running under the operating system. The navigator software provides a quasi-operating system environment. The GUI displays the taskbar image in the second menu image whereby the user can carry out functions of the operating system from within the quasi-operating system environment provided by the navigator software. Three visual walls are arranged on the GUI as if the user is standing inside a three-dimensional cube and open to the sky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakano, Takashi Sugiyama, Halil Bakoglu, George Cossey
  • Patent number: 6005579
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a graphical user interface which arranges first, second and third windows on three of the four sides of an imaginary rectangular parallelepiped, arranges on each of the windows selection portions selectable to input commands, displays the first window nearly at the center of the display and displays at least portions of the second and third windows at the right and left, respectively, when the first window is selected. The graphical interface also displays the second window nearly at the center and displays at least portion of the first and third windows on the left and right, respectively, when the second window is selected. The graphical user interface further displays the third window nearly at the center and displays the first and second windows on the right and left, respectively, when the third window is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corporation of America, Sony Electronics
    Inventors: Takashi Sugiyama, Brian Bakoglu, Hiroaki Nakano, George Cossey
  • Patent number: 6002403
    Abstract: A graphical user interface displays a first menu image on a display for an operating system on a computer. The first menu image includes a taskbar image which carries button images selectable by the user to carry out a function. The GUI also displays a second menu image on the display for a navigator software which is running under the operating system. The navigator software provides a quasi-operating system environment. The GUI displays the taskbar image in the second menu image whereby the user can carry out functions of the operating system from within the quasi-operating system environment provided by the navigator software. Three visual walls are arranged on the GUI as if the user is standing inside a three-dimensional cube and open to the sky. Clicking once either on the side walls moves the contents of the side wall to the center, in effect rotating the cube. When a wall is centered, the user can activate any function in the wall by clicking on a button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Sugiyama, Brian Bakoglu, Hiroaki Nakano, George Cossey
  • Patent number: 5990964
    Abstract: A method for processing a time code including the steps of generating information, indicating whether or not a location is proper for editing when converting picture information of a predetermined system into picture information of another system, and writing the information to the time code data accompanied with the picture information of the second system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corp., Sony Electronics
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ogawa, Hiroshi Kiriyama, Tomokiyo Kato, Hiroaki Kikuchi, Luke Freeman
  • Patent number: 5877583
    Abstract: Apparatus for sealing a chamber having a liquid coolant used for dissipating heat generated by a CRT. The apparatus includes a chassis for housing the CRT, wherein the chassis includes a tapered fill port having an inner wall. In particular, the fill pole is in fluid communication with the chamber and is used for introducing liquid coolant into the chamber. A sealing element is then positioned in the fill port. The sealing element is fabricated from a material having resilient properties and is sized larger than the fill port such that a press fit is formed wherein said sealing element is urged against said inner wall to form a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Meglio, Hiroyuki Takezawa
  • Patent number: 5872934
    Abstract: A technique and system for isolating segments of a serial data bus for remote configuration of equipment in in-flight entertainment systems. The system allows the automatic initialization, or configuration, of multiple terminal units, attached to a serial data bus, without requiring physical access to the multiple units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Transcom Inc.
    Inventors: James Bruce Whitehouse, Bruce Robert Ferguson, Kaz Takata, Kunjan Zaveri
  • Patent number: 5854635
    Abstract: A video storage device capable of realizing a still image-holding mode. The storage device has a serial input-output configuration. A serial input register is connected with a memory array via a transfer gate circuit which selectively permits transfer of data from the serial input register to the memory array. An address counter is connected with the serial input register. In the still image-holding mode, the transfer gate circuit is disabled, and the memory array is accessed in response to counting operation of the address counter. The address counter acts also as a refreshing counter for refreshing the memory array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masataka Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 5818941
    Abstract: A digital surround sound decoder. The decoder uses an architecture including two signal processing chips to achieve a program that can decode audio data at sufficiently high resolution. The decoder performs in real time and is compatible with standard surround sound formats. The decoder includes software that utilizes table lookups for critical functions in the decoding process. The processing flow of the decoder's program takes advantage of the multi-function capability within the specific processors used in the design while using a minimum number of program instructions. The program implements band pass filtering, sum-difference calculations, fast-attack slow-decay integration, summation and reciprocal processing, determination of fast and slow modes, look-up table indexing, adaptive matrix processing and various other functions to generate decoded surround sound signals from encoded left and right signal inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment
    Inventor: Paul Embree
  • Patent number: 5809455
    Abstract: A method and a device for discriminating a voiced sound from an unvoiced sound or background noise in speech signals are disclosed. Each block or frame of input speech signals is divided into plural sub-blocks and the standard deviation, effective value or the peak value is detected in a detection unit for detecting statistical characteristics from one sub-block to another. A bias detection unit detects a bias on the time scale of the standard deviation, effective value or the peak value to decide whether the speech signals are voiced or unvoiced from one block to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Nishiguchi, Jun Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5804041
    Abstract: A method for forming a magnetically oriented thin film on a substrate is disclosed wherein deposition pulses are alternated with magnetic field pulses. In particular, the method includes sputtering a target to deposit a first incremental layer of target material on the substrate, wherein the target is sputtered for a first sputtering time period and the first incremental layer includes randomly oriented first domains. The method further includes generating a magnetic field for orienting the first in a desired direction, wherein the magnetic field is generated for a first magnetic field time period which begins after the first sputtering time period ends. In addition, the method includes sputtering the target to deposit a second incremental layer of target material upon the first incremental layer; wherein the target is sputtered for a second sputtering time period which begins after the first magnetic field time period ends and the second incremental layer includes randomly oriented second domains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Materials Research Corp.
    Inventor: Steven Hurwitt
  • Patent number: 5796394
    Abstract: A user interface provides a uniform control scheme among different devices in a personal communications routing system. The system allows devices such as a personal computer, personal information communicator, pager, fax machine and base station to be operated with a standard twelve key telephone keypad controller for the purpose of accessing electronic messages such as e-mail, voice-mail, fax transmissions, etc. Handheld communicators are docked with the devices to provide wireless transmission between a base station and numerous devices in a multi-user environment. The base station receives electronic messages for the users in, e.g., an office and routes the messages to a device as the user instructs. The user is able to perform operations on the messages such as reading, responding, deleting, etc., by using the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Corp. of America
    Inventors: James E. Wicks, Kazuto Mugura, Toshiya Fujii
  • Patent number: 5796534
    Abstract: To increase the recording capacity of a magnetic disc, tracks of this magnetic disc are divided into a number of sectors, with each sector being formed from a number of segments. Each segment is basically made up of a data region and a servo region with data being recorded on the data region and a clock pattern which becomes the basis for generation of a clock, a fine pattern which becomes the basis for the tracking operation, and an access pattern which becomes the basis for a seek operation being recorded on the servo region. An ID region and servo region are formed before the data region and servo region which make up the leading segment with the sector ID for this region being recorded in this ID region. After this ID has been read from this ID region, while it is being determined whether or not this ID is the same as the designated ID, the servo operation corresponding to the servo control signal occurring in the servo region is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Yamamoto, Hiroaki Yada, Nobuhiro Hayashi, Takamichi Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: D398339
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Corp. of America
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Tripp, William G. Adamson