Patents Examined by Andre J. Allen
  • Patent number: 11001106
    Abstract: A tire pressure control device configured to be arranged in a vehicle includes a processing unit, a linking assembly, an air compressor, a drive switch assembly, a tire pressure measurer, and an inflation assembly. The linking assembly is connected to a wheel driving shaft of the vehicle and can be driven along with the rotation of the wheel driving shaft so as to drive the air compressor to generate a compressed air that is stored in a gas storage cylinder. The processing unit can control an air valve switch assembly of the inflation assembly to be open according to a tire pressure data measured by the tire pressure measurer so that the compressed air in the gas storage cylinder enters the tires of the wheels to increase the tire pressure of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Shih-Jung Wang
  • Patent number: 10996054
    Abstract: A segment determination device has an altitude information acquisition unit that acquires altitude information about points on a road, and a feature amount determination unit that determines a feature amount indicating gradient information about the road based on the altitude information about points including a first point ahead a vehicle and a second point ahead of the first point. The altitude information acquisition unit acquires altitude information about another points farther from the vehicle until the determined feature amount is outside of a predetermined range. The segment determination device further has a segment determination unit that, in a case where the feature amount is outside of the predetermined range, determines a segment in which the first point is set as a start point and whichever of two points adjacent to the second point that is closer to the vehicle is set as an end point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kanda
  • Patent number: 10994866
    Abstract: A flight test system for a flapping-wing aerial vehicle includes a host computer platform, a measurement mechanism, and a wind tunnel. The measurement mechanism is configured to mount a to-be-tested flapping-wing aerial vehicle prototype. The measurement mechanism includes an Euler angle controller, a flow angle controller, and a tripod. The flow angle controller is mounted on the tripod. The Euler angle controller is in transmission connection with the flow angle controller. The flapping-wing aerial vehicle prototype is detachably connected to the Euler angle controller by using a first connecting member. The host computer platform is in communication connection with the measurement mechanism and the wind tunnel, and is configured to control a wind speed of the wind tunnel and display a flight status of the flapping-wing aerial vehicle prototype in real time during test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BEIJING
    Inventors: Wei He, Xinxing Mu, Shufen Tian, Qiang Fu, Yao Zou, Haifeng Huang, Xiuyu He
  • Patent number: 10996142
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire pre-conditioning system includes a conveyor system, a belt assembly, a friction device and a drive system. The conveyor system includes a tire engaging surface, a first side, and a second side. The belt assembly is adjacent to the first side of the tire engaging surface. The friction device is adjacent to the second side of the tire engaging surface. The drive system is configured to move a tire along the tire engaging surface in a path between the belt assembly and the friction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Donald Graham Straitiff, Lawrence J. Lawson, Joshua James Hicks, Christopher Michael Bulliner, Anthony Willard Pierce, Kerry Verran, Andrew Douglas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10994577
    Abstract: A method for determining the pressure of a tire of a vehicle being driven at a speed, the tire comprising, arranged in the tire, a pressure sensor and a temperature sensor. The method includes generating a library of ratios between a measurement of the output of the pressure sensor and a measurement of the output of the temperature sensor, the one or more ratios being calculated at different speeds and one ratio being measured at a speed of zero, defining a variation law representative of the variation in the ratios with respect to the acceleration experienced by the pressure sensor, measuring the output of the pressure sensor and the output of the temperature sensor, and obtaining the value of the acceleration experienced by the pressure sensor, and determining the pressure by correcting this measurement with the variation law.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jean-Charles Huard, Nicolas Guinart
  • Patent number: 10985729
    Abstract: A pressure sensor apparatus is disclosed. The pressure sensor apparatus includes a bulk acoustic wave (BAW) die having a die interface side and a pressure contact side, a sensor BAW resonator and a reference BAW resonator disposed on the die interface side of the BAW die, a control circuit die coupled to the die interface side of the BAW die via an attachment layer, and an extended opening on the pressure contact side that extends into a depth of the BAW die and is generally aligned with the sensor BAW resonator, the extended opening being configured to translate an external pressure on the pressure contact side onto the sensor BAW resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bichoy Bahr, Baher S. Haroun, Benjamin Stassen Cook
  • Patent number: 10974550
    Abstract: A tire comprising a tread block made of tread material, a tread, of which a part is formed by the tread block, and an insert comprising a primary capacitive component and a primary inductive component. The insert extends in a longitudinal direction from a bottom of the insert to a top of the insert. The insert has a first cross section at a first longitudinal position and a second cross section at a second longitudinal position, wherein the first longitudinal position is located closer to the tread of the tire than the second longitudinal position, and the second cross section is greater than the first cross section. At least a part of the top of the insert does not form an interface with the tread material. A method for applying an insert into a tire. An insert is inserted into a blind hole of the tire such that the bottom of the insert is inserted deeper in the blind hole than the top of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Nokian Renkaat Oyj
    Inventors: Jani Räisänen, Jari Ojala, Teemu Soini, Simo Vapaakoski, Mikko Turunen, Timo Oksjoki
  • Patent number: 10967686
    Abstract: A system for detecting the operation of the motor or engine of a motor vehicle equipped with at least one tire-pressure-monitoring-system transmitter including: a low-frequency stage including a resonant stage connected in series with an antenna, a processing stage, a first switch and a second switch, the first switch being connected to at least two capacitors so as to control the parallel connection of at least one of the capacitors, the second switch being connected to at least two resistors so as to control the parallel connection of at least one of the resistors, outputs of the low-frequency stage being arranged to receive input from the processing stage, in order to transfer the perceived signal to a processor of the signal, which is configured to compare the level of the perceived signal to a preset threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Stéphane Billy, Sylvain Godet, Mohamed Cheikh
  • Patent number: 10969521
    Abstract: A snow water equivalent (SWE) networked array for installation on ground surface of variable surface geometry, and configured for measuring snow water equivalent (SWE) in remote snow fall accumulations. The SWE-measuring networked array includes a plurality of snow data collection modules (SDCM) connected together over a specified region of space, and each SDCM measuring the weight and temperature of snow over its local weight surface, and generating electrical signals representative of the weight and temperature of the snow load on the weigh surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: 2KR SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher C. Dundorf, Patrick Melvin
  • Patent number: 10966366
    Abstract: A portable frame is configured to be transported by the forks of a fork lift truck and has hydraulic lines releasably connectable to the auxiliary hydraulic fluid pressure system of the fork lift truck. A valve and a set of hydraulic lines are mounted on the portable frame for releasable connection to the hydraulic fluid lines of a tillage machine so that an inexpensive fork lift truck may be utilized to test operation of hydraulically actuated tillage components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Marvin D. Kuebler
  • Patent number: 10969289
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a field serviceable pressure scanner suitable for high-pressure sensing applications and replacement of large pressure transmitter panels. The pressure scanner includes a housing having a mounting plate comprising a plurality of through-hole bores extending from a front to back side for mating with corresponding transducer ports of the pressure sensors, and a plurality of input ports disposed on the front side of the mounting plate and in communication with the corresponding plurality of through-hole bores. The pressure scanner assembly includes two or more field-replaceable (swappable) pressure sensors seal mounted to the back side of the mounting plate, each pressure sensor comprising one or more sensor ports, each of the one or more sensor port in communication with corresponding through-hole bores in the mounting plate, and a multi-channel data acquisition system configured to receive pressure signals from the two or more field-replaceable pressure sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis DeRosa, Joseph R. VanDeWeert, Steve Kleiber
  • Patent number: 10962432
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods of measuring relative pressure based on the displacement of a Cartesian diver are provided. Within the system, various designs of divers, as well as a variety of measurement methods implementing such systems and apparatus, are illustrated. The systems and methods described herein are directed to precise pressure measurements traceable to the SI through the vertical displacement of a ludion within a two fluid system. The system is selectively optimized to ensure the buoyancy and mass of the ludion as well as the density of the gases and fluids involved are known and controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Aaron Wiest, Dylan R. Switzer, Craig MacDougall, Llewelynn R. Galace
  • Patent number: 10962434
    Abstract: A sensor device including: a sensor portion; a casing portion housing the sensor portion; a first adhesive that is provided between the casing portion and the sensor portion; and a second adhesive that is provided between the first adhesive and the sensor portion and has an interface between the first adhesive and the second adhesive is provided. A manufacturing method that is a manufacturing method of the sensor device, the manufacturing method including: providing the first adhesive that is cured or semi-cured, and the second adhesive that is not cured on the first adhesive; mounting the sensor portion on the upper surface of the second adhesive; and curing the second adhesive is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Ikesho
  • Patent number: 10960714
    Abstract: A tire with printed shear sensors includes a pair of bead areas and a ground-contacting tread disposed radially outwardly of the pair of bead areas. A pair of sidewalls includes an inboard sidewall extending from a first one of the bead areas to the tread and an outboard sidewall extending from a second one of the bead areas to the tread. A carcass extends toroidally between each of the bead areas radially inwardly of the tread, and an innerliner is formed on an inside surface of the carcass. A pair of resistive shear sensors is printed on the innerliner, including a first shear sensor printed in a sidewall zone of the inboard sidewall and a second shear sensor printed in a sidewall zone of the outboard sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Yves Francois Claude Decoster, Andrei Dan Anton
  • Patent number: 10960715
    Abstract: An assembly comprising a tyre valve (2) and an enclosure (3), wherein the enclosure (3) is adapted to receive a gas pressure monitoring unit, wherein the enclosure (3) comprises a hinge joint, the hinge joint having at least one stationary member connected to the enclosure (3), an axle (6) and a rotatable member (4) arranged to at least partially rotate around the axle (6) and wherein the tyre valve (2) is connected to the rotatable member (5) of the hinge joint. The tyre valve (2) is connected to the rotatable member (4) of the hinge joint by a form-fitting connection which secures the tyre valve (2) against movement in a direction towards the rotatable member (4) and in a direction away from the rotatable member (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Apollo Tyres Ltd.
    Inventors: Prithviraj Peedikakkandy, Sethuramalingam Anbuchezhian
  • Patent number: 10957060
    Abstract: A method of detecting sensor obstructions in a computing device includes: at an emitter, emitting a beam of light through a scan window toward a treaded surface; at an image sensor, for a sequence of positions of the computing device along the treaded surface: capturing a sequence of images corresponding to the sequence of positions, each image in the sequence having a first region and a second region; wherein the first regions depict a first subset of reflections of the beam of light originating from a first depth range; and wherein the second regions depict a second subset of the reflections originating from a second depth range; at a controller: receiving the sequence of images; determining, based on the second regions, whether an intensity of the second subset of the reflections exceeds a occlusion threshold; and when the determination is affirmative, generating an alert indicating obstruction of the scan window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Raghavendra Tenkasi Shankar, David S. Koch, Zhijia Yuan
  • Patent number: 10953710
    Abstract: A tire with printed strain sensors includes a pair of bead areas and a ground-contacting tread disposed radially outwardly of the pair of bead areas. Each one of a pair of sidewalls extends from a respective bead area to the tread. A carcass extends toroidally between each of the bead areas radially inwardly of the tread, and an innerliner is formed on an inside surface of the carcass. A pair of resistive strain sensors is printed on the innerliner, and includes a first strain sensor printed on the innerliner at an inboard rim flange area and a second strain sensor printed on the innerliner at an outboard rim flange area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Yves Francois Claude Decoster
  • Patent number: 10948371
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for manufacturing a pressure transmitter system, comprising steps as follows: providing a capillary adapter and a pressure transmitter, which has at least one diaphragm platform and an isolating diaphragm, which is connected along at least one edge gas-tightly with the diaphragm platform to form a pressure chamber between the isolating diaphragm and the diaphragm platform; welding the capillary adapter to the pressure transmitter; arranging the capillary tube and a capillary tube interface of the capillary adapter relative to one another; welding the capillary tube to the capillary adapter; and plugging a protective hose onto a protective hose seat of the capillary adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser SE+Co. KG
    Inventors: Marc Andreas Schlachter, Stefan Kropf, Dietmar Leuthner, Markus Berger
  • Patent number: 10932515
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to three-dimensionally printed articles for use in footwear and associated systems and methods. In some embodiments, a three-dimensionally printed article may comprise a closed-cell foam. The closed-cell foam may have a gradient in and/or may be a single integrated material. In some embodiments, a three-dimensionally printed article may comprise a sensor. The use of such arrangements can, according to certain embodiments, allow for the production of improved articles of footwear and/or customized articles of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Voxel8, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Alexander Busbee
  • Patent number: 10935466
    Abstract: An integrated tire sensor and reader system includes at least one sensor unit mounted a tire or a wheel. A reader is disposed remotely from the sensor unit. The sensor unit includes at least one sensor for measuring a parameter of the tire or wheel and an antenna for communicating with the reader. The sensor unit is configured to receive a radio frequency power signal from the reader and to transmit data to the reader. The reader includes an antenna for transmitting the radio frequency power signal to the sensor unit to actuate the one sensor unit. Upon actuation of the sensor unit, the sensor measures the parameter of the tire or wheel, and data from the sensor is transmitted from the sensor unit to the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Carl Trevor Ross Pulford, Peter Jung-min Suh