Patents Examined by Andre J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10495537
    Abstract: Provided herein is a case for an portable electronic device, the case including: a shell having a first side wall, a second side wall, a top wall and a bottom wall, wherein the top and bottom walls connect the side walls and define a cavity; a plurality of apertures extending through the walls of the shell; a tire pressure gauge connected to and extending from the shell; a tread depth meter connected to and extending from the shell; and a wireless transceiver connected to and extending from the shell, wherein the device is received in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventor: Harry W. Trost
  • Patent number: 10497198
    Abstract: Throughout the world, there is growing trend by investors to protect wealth by holding silver and gold coins and bars. Unfortunately, there are also a growing number of counterfeit coins and bars coming into in circulation. This situation cries out for an affordable method that can be used by untrained investors to quickly and reliably discriminate authentic coins and bars from counterfeit ones without causing damage to their coins and bars. The disclosed method fills this need by the use of a combination of conventional and novel designed pieces of equipment for measuring the following three characteristics of a coin; (1) size, (2) weight, and (3) relative terminal velocity on a magnetic slide. The results of these measurements can be used to unambiguously discriminate pure silver and pure gold investment coins and bars from counterfeit ones and can also be helpful in evaluating 22-karat gold coins and pure platinum coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas Arthur Pinnow
  • Patent number: 10495457
    Abstract: A method is for determining a profile depth of a tire profile. The method includes at least the following steps: a) detecting an acceleration of a measurement point on a tire inner side of a vehicle tire, wherein a deviation, caused by contact of the vehicle tire with a roadway, of the acceleration of the measurement point within an observation window is detected, b) deriving at least one analytical characteristic variable which is characteristic of the profile of the detected acceleration, wherein the at least one analytical characteristic variable characterizes the non-periodic profile of the detected acceleration within one tire rotation, c) determining the profile depth in a manner dependent on the at least one analytical characteristic variable, wherein a calibration curve yields the dependency between the analytical characteristic variable and the profile depth, and the calibration curve assigns a profile depth to the derived analytical characteristic variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Cyllik, Carsten Hahn, Michael Lehn, Heiner Volk, Joachim Welser, Cord-Christian Neuber, Jenny Huynh
  • Patent number: 10494911
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may comprise attaching a plurality of wireless sensors to a pump jack; receiving time-stamped data from at least some of the plurality of wireless sensors attached to the pump jack, at least one of the plurality of wireless sensors comprising an accelerometer and a gyroscope and being attached to a crank arm of the pump jack; synchronizing the received time-stamped data; from the synchronized time-stamped data, calculating and generating information related to: a downhole load versus polished rod position of the pump jack; a relative balance of a counterweight of the pump jack relative to a horse head of the pump jack; deviations from a nominal acceleration profile of a bridle of the pump jack; and an angle of inclination of the bridle of the pump jack; and selectively generating, on a computing device, visualizations of the generated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: KELVIN INC.
    Inventors: Peter Harding, Logan Duffy, Adam Guetz, Niall Wells, David Bangor
  • Patent number: 10488289
    Abstract: A pressure sensor including a housing with a sensing element therein. A communication passageway is formed in the housing. The sensing element is in fluid communication with an outside of the housing through the communication passageway. The pressure sensor is further provided with a compensating structure, so that when a contact force is increased due to occurrence of a volume expansion of a liquid passed into the housing through the communication passageway, the compensating structure is used to compensate the volume expansion. A plug may also be used with the pressure sensor. The pressure sensor is such that when the liquid within the pressure sensor has an increased volume due to being frozen, such increased volume can be compensated, so as to prevent the components of the pressure sensor from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luzhao Liu, Xuan Hu, Yang Li, Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 10488290
    Abstract: A sensor unit including a measuring cell with a section-wise heat-conducting surface, a housing in which the measuring cell for the most part is contained, and an access channel to the measuring cell. The sensor unit includes a cavity that is confined for the most part by an outer surface of the measuring cell and by a wall of the housing facing towards the surface of the measuring cell. The cavity is closed in itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: INFICON GMBH
    Inventors: Hansjakob Hanselmann-Willi, Francesco Scuderi
  • Patent number: 10488381
    Abstract: A temperature and humidity sensing device including a body and a temperature and humidity sensor is provided. The body has an inlet hole, an outlet hole, and a flow channel. The inlet hole and the outlet hole are opposite to each other, and the flow channel is configured to communicate the inlet hole and the outlet hole. The temperature and humidity sensor is disposed in the flow channel. The temperature and humidity sensor is configured to sense the relative humidity of air in the surrounding environment of the body during the air in the surrounding environment of the body flows into the flow channel from the inlet hole and flows through the flow channel to flow out from the outlet hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Ju Chen, Hsiu-Chin Yeh, Yen-Lin Chen, Min-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 10486945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crane having at least one apparatus for determining the effective counterweight of said crane comprising at least one receiver for receiving at least one counterweight body; at least one coupling that is configured to pivotably couple the receiver with the further structure of the crane; and at least one abutment that is configured to limit the pivot range of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Dieter Willim
  • Patent number: 10479147
    Abstract: A self-adaptive method for assisting in the inflation of tires of a vehicle that is stationary in an immobilization mode, the method including continuously measuring at least the pressure of each tire by way of a wheel unit, transmitting signals on the state of the tires between each wheel unit and a central unit, these signals being transmitted by each wheel unit through frequency-shift keying between two first predetermined frequencies defining a first frequency band. In a immobilization mode, each wheel unit is reprogrammed such that it transmits, to the central unit, first and second frequency-shift keyed signals respectively with first and second frequency bands, the second band being wider than the first band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Sylvain Godet, St├ęphane Billy, S├ębastien Kessler
  • Patent number: 10481119
    Abstract: A force sensor array that includes a circuit board, a plurality of gas pressure sensors arranged on the circuit board, and an energy-absorbing film layer covering a gas nozzle of each gas pressure sensor. The energy-absorbing film layer has an elastic deformability, and the energy-absorbing film layer can convert impact kinetic energy into heat energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Foshan Sensicfusion Technology Co., LTD
    Inventor: Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 10470674
    Abstract: Technologies for a fabric acoustic sensor are disclosed. The fabric acoustic sensor includes a conductive thread and a non-conductive thread, which form a diaphragm that vibrates in response to a sound wave. As a result of the vibration, the conductive thread stretches, and a resistance of the conductive thread varies. The change in resistance is measured by a compute device, and the compute device may determine the sound wave based on the change in resistance. In some embodiments, the fabric acoustic sensor may be used to monitor a heart rate, locate an object, and/or provide an input for noise cancellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Cagri Tanriover, Cliodhna Ni Scanaill
  • Patent number: 10473551
    Abstract: A track loading tool including a pump, a body including a main portion extending along a first axis, a first contact portion supported by the body and configured to engage a first rail, and a second contact portion supported by the body and configured to engage a second rail spaced apart from the first rail. The first contact portion and the second contact portion are positioned on a second axis offset from the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventors: Matt Fritsch, Jeremy Ogorzalek, Tom Waterworth, Kevin Rogers, Eric Schwert, Arnold Decker, Tyler Jeffrey Johnson
  • Patent number: 10466124
    Abstract: An advance pneumatic detector to indicate pressure changes in an environment includes a switch, a pressure tube, an endcap, a piston, and a magnet. The pressure tube is connected to the switch. The endcap is disposed on an end of the pressure tube opposite from the switch. The piston is disposed within and forms a seal against the pressure tube. The piston is slidably engaged with the pressure tube. The magnet is slidably attached to and surrounds a portion of the pressure tube. The magnet is configured to control the positioning of the piston within the pressure tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dharmendr Len Seebaluck, Aaron Stanley Rogers
  • Patent number: 10458865
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensor device comprising at least one microelectromechanical system sensor to characterize intracellular dynamics and behavior of a living biological cell so as to quantitatively measure the mechanical strength thereof. The microelectromechanical system sensor being responsive to mechanical force changes during said cell's contraction, migration, proliferation and differentiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KOC Universitesi
    Inventors: Burhanettin Erdem Alaca, Halil Bayraktar, Onur Aydin
  • Patent number: 10458874
    Abstract: A pressure difference sensor for providing a pressure measurement signal, comprising: a pressure difference measuring cell, which is suppliable with first and second pressures and which outputs the pressure measurement signal; first and second ceramic stiffening elements, each of which is joined with the pressure difference measuring cell and has a duct, via which the first, respectively the second, pressure is suppliable to the pressure difference measuring cell; a platform with first and second pressure input openings, each of which extends from a first surface to a second surface of the platform, wherein the pressure input openings are sealed on the first surface, each with its own isolating diaphragm, and first and second pressures tubes, which are arranged between the stiffening elements and the platform, and wherein each of the first pressure tube and the second pressure tube has at least one bend in a region between the platform and a first, respectively second, connecting area of the corresponding pre
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Timo Kober, Benjamin Lemke, Rafael Teipen, Benjamin Mack
  • Patent number: 10451525
    Abstract: A wheel testing assembly for testing a wheel on a bicycle for a bend includes a clamping unit that is selectively attached to a frame of a bicycle. Moreover, the clamping unit is aligned with a wheel on the bicycle. A gauge is removably coupled to the clamping unit and the gauge is aligned with the wheel. The gauge has a distal end with respect to the clamping unit. The distal end frictionally engages the wheel at a point where the wheel is bent. In this way a roundness of the wheel is tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Everton Pellington
  • Patent number: 10441704
    Abstract: A system for controlling the position of a diaphragm in a diaphragm-containing pressure pod, is provided. The system can include a peristaltic pump, a pressure pod having a flow-through fluid side and a gas side that are separated by a diaphragm, and a pressure sensor operatively connected to the gas side. The pressure sensor is configured to sense pulses of pressure resulting from movement of the diaphragm and caused by the action of the peristaltic pump. A gas source and a valve can be in fluid communication with the gas side of the pressure pod and can be configured to provide gas to, or vent gas from, the gas side. A controller receives pressure signals from the pressure sensor and controls the valve in response, and in so doing, controls the position of the diaphragm. Methods for positioning the diaphragm are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Crnkovich, Lee Tanenbaum, Michael Emmanuel Kotsos, Fei Wang, Alex Brown
  • Patent number: 10442257
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for determining tire leak rate are disclosed. In one example implementation, a method includes receiving, by a processing device, temperature data, pressure data, tire characteristics, and an estimated leak rate associated with the tire. The method further includes calculating, by the processing device, a temperature normalized fused pressure after fusing the temperature data and the pressure data. The method further includes determining, by the processing device, the tire leak rate based at least in part on a decay of the temperature normalized fused pressure over time. The method further includes providing, by the processing device, an alert to an operator of the vehicle that a leak is detected based at least in part on a comparison between the tire leak rate and a leak rate threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Amin Abdossalami, Joseph K. Moore, Liviu Serbu, Fahim Javid, Mansoor Alghooneh
  • Patent number: 10436661
    Abstract: Heat resistant sensors equipped with any of a variety of transducers for measuring any of a variety of properties of fluids are constructed with components comprising materials that can withstand very high temperatures. Some embodiments of the sensors include a base comprising non-conductive ceramic material, and some embodiments of the transducers include conductive ceramic materials with resistivities that vary as a function of temperature. Some embodiments of the sensors also include electrical conductors comprising electrically conductive ceramic material or electrical conductors comprising an electrically conductive refractory metal on the base. Other embodiments of the transducers include a capacitor constructed of materials that can withstand very high temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Harsh, Yiping Liu, Jon L. Lubbers, Evan Pilant, Laura Rodrigues, Laurel Frediani, Brian Schaible, Brady Knowles, Aris Legorreta
  • Patent number: 10436587
    Abstract: An angular sensor, comprising a Coriolis vibratory gyroscope (CVG) resonator, capable of oscillating along a first pair of normal n=1 modes comprising a first normal mode and a second normal mode; and a second pair of normal n=2 modes comprising a third normal mode and a fourth normal mode; the sensor further comprising one drive electrode and one sense electrode aligned along an anti-nodal axis of each mode; and a pair of bias tune electrodes aligned with an anti-nodal axis of each mode if no drive and sense electrode pair is aligned with said anti-nodal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Logan D. Sorenson, Hung Nguyen, Raviv Perahia, Lian X. Huang, David T. Chang