Abstract: The invention refers to a method for carrying out data collection on electrodes placed on a body for subsequent processing of an electrical impedance tomography image of a corresponding part of said body. In order to improve the resolution of electrical impedance tomography systems without noticeably affecting the signal-to-noise ratio, the method according to the invention comprises the steps of placing the electrodes on a peripheral line around the body, applying a current pattern from a current source to at least one pair of electrodes, and measuring differential potentials between pairs of electrodes, wherein at least one intermediate electrode lies in between each pair of electrodes for measuring the differential potentials and the differential potentials of one current pattern for the subsequent image processing refer to at least three different pairs of electrodes with no electrode used more than twice for each current pattern.
Abstract: A plantation window shutter comprises a frame and a plurality of shutter blades pivotably supported by the frame in a fan configuration. The frame comprises a front surface and a rear surface. The rear surface has a plurality of upper grooves and a plurality of lower grooves, each upper groove being axially aligned with a respective lower groove. Each of the shutter blades has a longitudinal pivotal axis and a top pivot and a bottom pivot aligned along the axis, the top pivot and the bottom pivot being received in respective upper groove and the lower groove for pivotal motion therein. At least one member is attached to the rear surface disposed to bridge over the upper grooves and the lower grooves, thereby to capture the top and bottom pivots within respective the upper grooves and the lower grooves.
Abstract: Measuring device for in-process measurement of test specimens during a machining process on a machine tool, in particular a grinding machine, has a measuring head connected pivotably about a first pivot axis to a base body of the measuring device via a linkage, for providing an apparatus for pivoting measuring head in and out of a measuring position. Linkage has a first linkage element and a second linkage element arranged pivotably about first pivot axis. A third linkage element is connected pivotably about a second pivot axis to the end of second linkage element facing away from first pivot axis. A fourth linkage element is connected pivotably about a third pivot axis to the end of third linkage element facing away from second pivot axis, fourth linkage element being connected pivotably about a fourth pivot axis to first linkage element at a distance from third pivot axis.
Abstract: An apparatus for imaging the inner surface of a cavity in a workpiece has an optical system including a panoramic field of view that is linked to an imager and a downstream evaluation device by an image communication link. The apparatus furthermore has an illumination system including a light source to illuminate an imaging region of the inner surface, which region has been captured by the optical system. According to the invention, the illumination system is disposed in such a way relative to optical system, and for which the beam path is selected in such a way, that a first axial section of the imaging region is able to be illuminated under brightfield illumination, while simultaneously a second axial region spaced apart from the first axial region is able to be illuminated under darkfield illumination.
Abstract: Preconditioning mouth rinse, which pre-treats the teeth to better receive a whitening formula containing a photosensitive compound, and a hand-held consumer light source for tooth whitening, which provides rapid tooth whitening, are disclosed. The light source may use a specific range of visible light and also emit heat sufficient to raise the temperature of the teeth a desired amount at a depth up to about 2 mm in the range of about from 1-5° Celsius over a predetermined period of time. The specified wavelengths of the hand-held consumer operable light will activate the photosensitive substance in the whitening formula. The oxidizing compounds may be transparent to light enabling light energy to activate the oxidizing compounds directly on the tooth surface, or to activate a photosensitizing or photosensitive compound added to produce the desired temperature increase.
February 11, 2009
Date of Patent:
November 13, 2012
Graham K. Philp, Jr., Damon J. Brown, Tim Diasti
Abstract: A steel rope safety system includes at least one steel rope having at least one strand, and the at least one rope or at least one strand is compacted. Further, a method is provided for making a steel rope safety system comprising the step of providing at least two wires, the step of stranding the wires thereby forming a strand for a rope and the step of compacting the strand. There is likewise provided the use of compacted steel ropes as impact reducing material.
Abstract: A noninvasive treatment to increase the elasticities of arteries and veins in arms, legs, hands and feet, to reduce heart workload, to increase whole body blood flow, to supply an increased amount of oxygen and nutrients throughout the cardiovascular system and increase the rate of removal of cell waste products, to treat many medical conditions so that symptoms are eliminated or minimized due to improved performance of the body. The noninvasive treatment includes using a vacuum pressure and air pressure system to perform the above, and to passively exercise muscles of arms, legs, hands and feet in a chamber, and is suited for patients who are unable to engage in sufficient exercise on their own.
Abstract: Apparatus for continuous extrusion of an aluminum sheathing on to a core cable includes a rotatable wheel formed with two identical circumferential grooves outwardly bounded by arcuate tooling discharging through radial exit apertures to an extrusion chamber positioned around a portal mandrel. A powered pay-off reel is arranged continuously to supply core cable through the mandrel while aluminum sheathing is extruded as a loose fit from extrusion chamber around the core cable. The extruded cable is discharged through cooling device to roller corrugator including a rotating frame mounted on carriage freely moveable axially of the cable and provided with a rotational drive having a roller arranged to form a continuous helical indentation in the sheathing. Pneumatic actuating cylinders positioned on the carriage provide a constant, low magnitude, tension on the portion of the sheath intermediate the extrusion chamber and roller corrugator and limit forces tending to distort the uncooled sheath.
Abstract: Disclosed is a fluorescence meter for analyzing a sample, comprising a main beam path and at least one optical module. The fluorescence meter is embodied so as to provide at least one electromagnetic beam for exciting the sample and receive at least one electromagnetic beam emitted by the sample, at least some sections of at least two of the electromagnetic beams being located on one plane while extending along the main beam path.
Abstract: In the case of a circuit arrangement which can be supplied by way of at least one voltage source, in particular a driver output stage, for driving at least one differential line which can be connected to at least one first output connection as well as to at least one second output connection for the purpose of, in particular digital, data transmission, wherein the circuit arrangement has at least two paths which are arranged in a mirror-image fashion relative to one another and which connect the voltage source to at least one reference potential, in particular earth potential or ground potential or zero potential, as well as in the case of a method for driving at least one differential line using at least one such circuit arrangement, an increased output impedance is avoided during the switching phase, and this ensures high signal quality.
Abstract: A method for automatically sensing a set of elements in a computer system, wherein each element in the set has an associated character body from a plurality of character bodies, and each character body comprises character strings which characterize a respective element, the performance of the method involving a search for at least one prescribed character string within the character bodies and use of the at least one character string to ascertain at least one property for at least one element, and association of this at least one ascertained property with at least one category, and this involving a user of the method being provided with a taxonomy which is inherent of the set of elements.
Abstract: An oil filter subassembly comprises a filter head; an orifice fitting attached to the filter head; and a filter element including a cap attached to the orifice fitting. The orifice fitting includes first and second radially disposed pins and a seal disposed above the pins. The cap includes a central opening having a cylindrical wall, the wall including first and second L-shaped grooves having vertical and horizontal portions, the grooves being oppositely disposed from each other, the horizontal portion including an upper side wall extending upwardly away from the vertical groove portion to provide a cam surface. The cap is configured to compress the seal, thereby to provide a downward bias force on the cap. The pins are configured to move downwardly within the vertical groove portions and positionable within the respective horizontal groove portions, the cam surface tending to push down on the respective pin from the bias force.
Abstract: An elevator system including an elevator shaft and at least one elevator cab which can move in the elevator shaft. The elevator system has a distributed control system having a first evaluation unit, respectively associated with the at least one elevator cab, and has at least one second evaluation unit, associated with the elevator shaft. A bus link connects the first evaluation unit and the at least one second evaluation unit to one another. The first evaluation unit has a set of limit curves containing limit curves for the actuation of a braking device and/or a safety gripping device that are calculated and scaled in line with a current operating state, the first evaluation unit being configured to trigger the safety gripping device or the braking device if one of the limit curves is exceeded. Defined ends of the limit curves limit a scope of movement for the at least one elevator cab.
Abstract: An internal combustion piston comprises a modified layer produced by a surface treatment including injecting injection powders having a diameter of 20 ?m to 400 ?m and containing a reinforcing element to be collided with a surface of the internal combustion piston obtained by casting and forging by injecting at an injection speed of 80 m/s or more or at an injection pressure of 0.3 MPa or more, the reinforcing element improving a strength of an alloy comprising the piston when being diffused and penetrated in the alloy, wherein by the surface treatment, oxides generated on the surface of the piston by the casting and forging are removed, and surface flaws generated on the surface are repaired, whereby the modified layer is formed to have a uniformly fine-grained metal microstructure which contains the reinforcing element in the injection powders diffused and penetrated in the vicinity of the surface of the piston and an alloy element of the alloy comprising the piston.
May 10, 2010
Date of Patent:
July 31, 2012
Art Metal Mfg Co., Ltd., Fuji Kihan Co., Ltd.
Abstract: A noisemaking device comprising a first and second holders in the form of, for example, a pair of gloves, the palm region of each glove is provided with a domed shaped hollow member formed of a rigid, sound transmitting material and which extends upwardly from the surface of the holder so that when the hollow members are caused to be impacted against each other during hand clapping, a distinct sound is generated.
Abstract: An emergency vision device, comprises a collapsible tube made of airtight material and having an expanded form and a deflated stowage form; first and second clear members disposed at respective first and second ends of the tube to enable a user to see through the tube and observe a source of information at a distal end of the tube while smoke or other particulate matter is in the environment; and a portable gas cylinder having compressed clear gas and an outlet operably connected to the interior of the tube. The gas cylinder is operable to release the clear gas to fill the interior of the tube to expand the tube to the expanded form.
Abstract: The present device protects a tree stand attached to a tree comprising a fabric member having a first and mating edges. The first edge includes a channel and the mating edge is divided into three sections. The first and third sections are parallel to the tree and the second section is disposed between the first and third sections. Further, the second section includes a channel. The fabric member is configured to cover a portion of the tree stand with the mating edge against the tree. The device includes two securing members each having connectable ends. A portion of the first securing member is disposed within the first channel and a portion of the second securing member is disposed with the second channel. Additionally, the device includes a connecting member having a first end that engages the first securing member and a second end that engages the second securing member.
Abstract: Programmable antifuse transistor, in particular n-channel MOS transistor, and a method for programming at least one such antifuse transistor, includes at least one gate with a gate terminal, source with a source terminal, drain with a drain terminal, and substrate with a substrate terminal, configured so that active circuits/circuit elements do not have to be located at a distance from the antifuse, minimizing area requirements, without additional process steps the level of the potential difference between source terminal and substrate terminal is less than about 0.5 volts, drain terminal and source terminal lie at different potentials. By adjusting drain-source voltage and/or the gate-source voltage a flow of charge carriers occurs between source and drain, causing semiconductor material between source and drain to be thermally heated and to locally melt, forming at least one permanently conducting channel between source and drain.