Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • Patent number: 10514349
    Abstract: A gas sensor 10 includes a tubular protective cover 30 having an element chamber 37 therein and configured to allow a measured gas to flow from the outside into the element chamber 37; and a long sensor element 20 including a detecting portion 23 located in the element chamber 37 and configured to detect a specified gas concentration in the measured gas. An inclination angle ?t of an axial direction of the sensor element 20 (i.e., a direction parallel to an element axis A1) in the element chamber 37 with respect to an axial direction of the protective cover 30 (i.e., a direction parallel to a cover axis A2) is 1° or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Watanabe, Takao Murase, Masashi Yasui
  • Patent number: 10512245
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparatus to support transport of a pet in a self-contained expandable carrier. In some examples, the carrier may be worn by a user to support the pet in a proximate location. A pet carrier which may be worn may provide comfort to pet owners while they travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Kimberly Hazouri-Yeary
  • Patent number: 10466151
    Abstract: A method is provided for measuring density of a fluid by means of at least one at least sectionally curved measuring tube. The measuring tube is adapted to be flowed through by the fluid and concurrently to be caused to vibrate over a wanted oscillatory length, namely a tube length measured from a first tube end to a second tube end, a length which is greater than a minimum separation of the second tube end from the first tube end. According to the invention, among other things, also a tilt measured value representing an inclination of the at least one measuring tube in the static resting position relative to a local acceleration of gravity is ascertained, in such a manner that such represents an angle of intersection between a direction vector of an imaginary first reference axis (y-axis) and a direction vector of an imaginary second reference axis (g-axis).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Gerhard Eckert, Alfred Rieder, Hao Zhu
  • Patent number: 10458992
    Abstract: A gas analysis device includes a canister with a cavity that is configured to receive a gas sample. A sensor is in fluid communication with the cavity and analyzes a portion of the gas sample that is received from the canister. The device also includes a blower assembly in fluid communication with the sensor. The blower assembly is configured to selectively draw a portion of the gas sample from the canister past the sensor so that the sensor is exposed to the portion of the gas sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM Nameplate, Inc.
    Inventors: Danius Silkaitis, Steven A. Rodriguez, David A. Herrin, Stephen M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 10451607
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a gas sample includes the steps of providing a gas sample to a sample canister and heating a sensor to a predetermined resistance. The method further includes the steps of operating a fan at a predetermined speed, and moving a valve to a measurement flow position. When the valve is in the measurement flow position, the fan draws a portion of the gas sample through the valve to expose the sensor to the gas sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GM Nameplate
    Inventors: Danius Silkaitis, Steven A. Rodriguez, David A. Herrin, Stephen M. Bailey
  • Patent number: 10444172
    Abstract: A chilled mirror hygrometer may comprise a thermoelectric module, a polished mirror surface, two light emitting diodes, and a single photo-transistor or optical detector. A software controller may be employed to rapidly alternate between illuminating the two light emitting diodes. The software controller may allow the single photo-transistor or optical detector to rapidly alternate between observing the light from the first light emitting diode or the second light emitting diode. The chilled mirror hygrometer may further comprise a wand portion and an electrical housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Donald Doucet
  • Patent number: 10416057
    Abstract: The use of recycled materials can have significant economic value. With the increasing quantity of recycled material used in viscoelastic materials, especially asphalt mixture, understanding how they interact with original materials to produce a mixture that performs successfully, becomes critical. Currently, the technology to determine the effect of additives on the performance of asphalt mixture is lacking. The present invention relates to a new unified methodology for mechanical testing of asphalt mixture and other viscoelastic materials that improves the current practice in speed, convenience, and accuracy. A new improved specimen mounting method on Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR), a new recovery method for fine portion of asphalt mixture, and three new tests for the performance of recovered material using DSR is disclosed. The new methods provide performance grading of asphalt mixtures that is new to the industry and provide necessary tools for determining the effect of recycled materials on performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Alaeddin Mohseni
  • Patent number: 10416042
    Abstract: An exhaust emissions monitoring device includes a pipe adapted to mount to the tailpipe of a vehicle and includes a cable for connecting to the vehicle engine control unit (ECU) and power system. The pipe defines an internal flow passage to allow exhaust to flow through. A plurality of sensors is mounted on the pipe and each sensor extends through an access port formed on the pipe wall to be exposed to the internal flow passage. Exhaust properties and constituents are sensed by multiple sensors for each constituent, there are two or more sensors for each of NOx, temperature, ammonia, particulate matter. The sensors communicate data signals to a processor/data logger also mounted on the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Karl Tasik, Jeffrey Marley, Heath Morris
  • Patent number: 10401314
    Abstract: The present invention obtains a humidity measuring device capable of performing self-diagnosis with high reliability. This humidity measuring device 20 has a diagnosis processing unit 25 for performing self-diagnosis by using gas temperatures and gas humidities before and after a gas in an ambient atmosphere to be measured is heat-controlled. The diagnosis processing unit has a diagnosis start determining unit 26 for determining whether the self-diagnosis can be started on the basis of an exchange state in the ambient atmosphere to be measured and the gas temperature and the gas humidity before the gas in the ambient atmosphere to be measured is heat-controlled, and a diagnosis continuation determining unit 28 for determining whether the self-diagnosis can be continued on the basis of the gas temperature and the gas humidity that are heat-controlled during the self-diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Isoya, Hiroaki Hoshika, Takayuki Yogo, Takahiro Miki, Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10393718
    Abstract: A MEMS apparatus for thermal energy control including a sensor and an IC chip is provided. The sensor includes a heating device for heating a sensing element and a detecting device for detecting a physical quantity. The IC chip includes a memory unit for storing a target value of the sensing element and a data processing unit for convert the physical quantity to a converted value, where a gap value is defined by subtracting the converted value from the target value. Besides, a control unit of the IC chip sets a parameter value according to the gap value, and a driving unit adjusts a quantity of thermal energy generated by the heating device according to the parameter value to reduce heating time and frequency of the heating device thereby reducing electrical power consumption. The MEMS apparatus is applicable to MEMS sensors requiring controlled operating temperature, such as a gas sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu-Wen Hsu, Ying-Che Lo, Chao-Ta Huang, Li-Tao Teng
  • Patent number: 10386340
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for detecting a chemical substance. The methods and systems include using gas-solid phase chemistry to chemically and/or physically modify a substance of interest so that the substance can be vaporized and detected through an analysis of the substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William Rogers, Vladimir Romanov, Stefan Lukow, Hartwig Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10376013
    Abstract: The no ties shoe insole system provides a removable shoe insole having a storage compartment and method for retaining shoelaces therein. The no ties shoe insole may comprise a top portion, bottom portion, lace holes, and a plurality of hook and loop type fasteners strategically placed nearest the lace holes and inside the main shoelace storage compartment. The no ties shoe insole may be opened from the top, thereby revealing a convenient compartment for storing the original shoelaces inside the heel portion of the insole. This allows an efficient way for allowing shoes to have the ability to slide on and off without the need for tying the shoelaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Berry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10379087
    Abstract: A sample injector for chromatography 10 where air or moisture can be prevented from getting mixed in when a sample is injected is provided with a syringe 11, a syringe drive unit 13, a turret 12 in which sample vials 4 are placed, a turret drive unit 14, and a control unit 30 that controls the syringe and turret drive units 13 and 14. The configuration includes a housing 15 having a gas introduction port 15a and a gas discharge port 15b that communicate with the inner space, where the syringe 11 sucks a sample from a sample vial 4, the sucked sample is injected into the sample vaporizing chamber 23 in a chromatograph 20, and a predetermined gas is introduced through the gas introduction port 15a, and at the same time, a predetermined gas is discharged through the gas discharge port 15b when a sample is analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Tasuku Murata
  • Patent number: 10379095
    Abstract: Described herein are devices for detecting the concentration of acetone gas. Some gas sensor devices comprise: a gas sensor element that includes a boron-doped the polycrystalline n-type semiconductor epsilon WO3. In addition, multi-detector gas sensor elements are also described including at least one based on the aforementioned gas sensor element where the other elements differ in material properties. In addition, methods for detecting acetone gas based on the disclosed elements are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Ekambaram Sambandan, Jie Cai, Hiroyuki Katayama
  • Patent number: 10362848
    Abstract: A universal hairpin with a no-slip flocked coating is provided. The legs of the hairpin are covered with flocked coating of various heights for providing no-slip effect for a particular hair type. A hairpin has an interface for attaching a replaceable charm. The interface may use a screw tip, a Velcro™ lock, a clip, a clamp, a ring, a magnet, etc. The universal hairpin may have detachable tips of various shapes for different hair types or different types of hairstyles. The universal hairpin may have an asymmetric shape for more convenient use by a hairstylist and for providing enhanced in-hair hold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Elena Caruso
  • Patent number: 10365199
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising one or more pairs of analyzers measures light absorbing particulates, including black, brown, and ultraviolet light absorbing organic aerosols, suspended in gaseous samples, such as air. One analyzer receives an ambient gas sample, while the other analyzer is coupled to a dilution inlet that mixes ambient gas with a proportion of clean gas, whereby the two received samples have different particulate concentrations. Filters with identical filter areas accumulate particulates as the respective samples flow through with equal flow rate and velocity. An optical source and detector for each filter measures a changing property (e.g. attenuation at one or more wavelengths) as particulates accumulate. A computer uses the differential particulate accumulation from the ambient and diluted samples to compensate for filter loading effects upon the measurement to provide an accurate indication of particulate concentration in the ambient sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Richard K. DeFreez, Michael A. Potter, Thomas L. Pottberg
  • Patent number: 10357961
    Abstract: A stencil for printing a pattern of deposits on a substrate, wherein the stencil comprises an electroformed metal sheet which has a first layer which includes an apertured region through which a printing medium is applied in a printing operation, and a second layer which overlies a substrate to be printed and includes a plurality of apertures, wherein the apertures of the second layer extend across and beyond the apertured region in the first layer, whereby the second layer includes a plurality of through apertures in registration with the apertured region of the first layer, each having a pattern corresponding to that to be printed on the substrate, and a plurality of blind apertures disposed adjacent and outwardly of the apertured region in the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ASM Assembly Systems Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Zahn
  • Patent number: 10352910
    Abstract: A gas analyzer is provided. The gas analyzer may include: a tubular housing having a housing wall extending along an axial direction of the tubular housing and surrounding a gas chamber configured to receive a gas to be analyzed therein, an excitation element positioned at a first axial end of the tubular housing and configured to selectively excite gas molecules of a specific type that is to be detected in the gas received in the gas chamber in a time-varying fashion, thereby generating acoustic waves, and a sensor positioned at a second axial end of the tubular housing and configured to detect acoustic waves generated by the excitation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christoph Glacer, Alfons Dehe, David Tumpold
  • Patent number: 10344697
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a humidity sensor that is disposed in an intake passage of the internal combustion engine, a temperature sensor configured to detect an intake air temperature in a position of the humidity sensor, and a controller configured to correct an offset error of the sensor value by adding a correction value to the sensor value. The controller is configured to acquire the intake air temperatures respectively at a plurality of timings in a process of the intake air temperature changing, acquire the sensor values at the respective plurality of timings, calculate values excluding influences of temperature differences of the intake air temperatures from the respective sensor values as humidity index values respectively, and determine a correction value so that a variation degree of the humidity index values becomes small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Hironori Ito
  • Patent number: 10334901
    Abstract: Traditionally, hair weaves are attached semi-permanently to the user's hair or scalp with glue or sewing causing, at times, irreparable damage to the skin and hair. With the Emergency Hair Weave Kit, one can instantly adopt a completely new and trending hairstyle without the need to significantly damage, alter, or growing one's natural hair. The Emergency Hair Weave Kit is an apparatus that allows hair weaves to be attached and detached without the need for conventional sewing or hair glue. Tracks on the hair are prepared by fastener or snap components which will allow the user to quickly and easily attached the hair. As a result, the user can easily remove and quickly switch out hair weaves, allowing superior style options, flexibility and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Anita Lucille Brooks