Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • Patent number: 10151076
    Abstract: An apparatus for carrying out bi-directional load testing of close ended driven piles and injection piles utilizing a hydraulic jack, comprising an enclosure for housing the hydraulic jack (13). The enclosure (1) includes a first hollow body (10) a second hollow body (15). The first hollow body (10) had a covered upper end (10a) and an open lower end (10b), with the upper end being capped by an attached top plate (11) having an external surface (11a) which the lower end (81b) of a first pile (81) may be axially attached to, and an internal surface (11b). The open lower end (10b) has a cut-out (12) originating on the edge of the open end (10b) of the first hollow body for receiving a hydraulic connection (14) for the jack (13). The second hollow body (15) is capable of housing the hydraulic jack (13), has an open upper end (15a) and a lower end (15b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Yee Kong Wai
  • Patent number: 10134924
    Abstract: Screen-printing system comprising a metal stencil (12), and a cloth (15) fixed to the entire periphery of said metal stencil (12) to form a trampoline assembly, characterized in that the cloth (15) fixed to the metal stencil (12) has at least one free end, in order to decrease or prevent deformation under the effect of a doctor blade (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Armand Bettinelli
  • Patent number: 10126263
    Abstract: A device for detecting a concentration of a substance in a fluid sample includes a substrate; an insulating layer arranged on the substrate; and a plurality of individually electrically addressable semiconducting nanowires arranged on the insulating layer. Each one of the plurality of nanowires is covered by an insulating material and arranged for sensing of the substance through an electrical characteristic of the nanowire. The device further includes a sample compartment for providing the fluid sample in contact with each of the plurality of nanowires. For each of the plurality of nanowires, at least one of the cross sectional dimension, the insulator thickness and the type of insulating material is selected such that each of the nanowires has a different detection range, and such that the dynamic range of the device is higher than the dynamic range of each of the individual nanowires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Johan Hendrik Klootwijk, Marcel Mulder
  • Patent number: 10124573
    Abstract: A gravure printing system comprising a gravure cylinder having a first plurality of discrete cells disposed upon an outer surface thereof is disclosed. Each cell of said first plurality of discrete cells has a nominal diameter and is capable of receiving a fluid that is a first combination of at least two primary fluids. The fluid is fluidically displaceable through a discrete channel having a single entry point at said first position and a single exit point into a first cell of said first plurality of discrete cells. The outer surface has a metal plating disposed thereon. The metal plating reduces the nominal diameter of each cell of the first plurality of discrete cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kevin Benson McNeil, Michael Scott Prodoehl, Gustav André Mellin, Thomas Timothy Byrne
  • Patent number: 10123582
    Abstract: An impact sensor for characterizing impact at a headpiece comprises: a flexible base; an acceleration sensor provided on the flexible base and configured to generate impact data; a control unit provided on the flexible base and configured to receive the impact data from the acceleration sensor; a power source provided on the flexible base and in communication with the acceleration sensor and the microcontroller; a communication module provided on the flexible base and configured to send impact data for processing; and a housing enclosing the flexible base, the acceleration sensor, the microcontroller and the power source, the housing shaped and constructed for mounting an interior surface of the headpiece such that it is flush with internal geometry of the headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: I1 SENSORTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Crossman, Scott E. Clark, Richard Stewart Eady
  • Patent number: 10126277
    Abstract: A thermal conductivity detector includes a heatable resistive detector configured to be physically arranged in an analytes flow eluting from a chromatography column and electrically arranged with resistors in separate arms of a measuring bridge, an amplifier which detects differential voltage between two opposite nodes of the bridge and applies an output voltage to other opposite nodes of the measuring bridge to maintain the detector at a constant operating temperature, and an additional resistor with a controllable switch in parallel connected in series with the detector or resistor arranged in one arm of the bridge, where the switch is periodically turned on and off at a predetermined duty cycle and/or controlled by information on characteristic times-of-arrival of analytes at the detector to compensate for operating temperature uncertainties due to manufacturing variations of the resistors and/or to allow for processing small and large peaks of a chromatogram with highest available resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Udo Gellert, Glen Eugene Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10113998
    Abstract: A method of testing an air sample and/or testing equipment may comprise introducing aerosolized sample particles into an air flow to create sample air upstream from an air quality sampling device. The method may include introducing the sample air to an offset sample inlet of a bell cap inlet adaptor coupled to a sample tube. The method may include merging at least a portion of the introduced sample air with axially flowing air with little to no turbulence based on the geometry of the bell cap inlet adaptor and/or a containment cavity. The method may include introducing at least a portion of the sample air into the sample tube. Next, a test of at least one of the quality of the sample air and/or the functionality of the bell cap inlet may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Michael D Tissandier
  • Patent number: 10107221
    Abstract: A method for producing a soot sensor is provided. The method includes steps of applying a contiguous metallic layer on an electrically insulating substrate and structuring the metal coating with a laser beam by vaporizing areas of the metallic layer. At least two interlaced contiguous electrically conductive structures are produced. The electrically conductive structures are spatially separated from one another with the laser beam and are electrically insulated from one another such that the conductive structures substantially extend next to one another and close to one another in an area relative to a total length thereof. A soot sensor produced using such a method is also provided. The soot sensor has an electrically insulating substrate and at least two contiguous electrically conductive structures which are spatially separated from one another and are interlaced as structured metallic layers. An intermediate space between the conductive structures is burned free with a laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Heraeus Sensor Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Karlheinz Wienand, Matsvei Zinkevich, Dieter Teusch
  • Patent number: 10101291
    Abstract: A mobile device having a gas-sensing function including a case body, a backlight module and a gas sensor is provided. The case body has at least one through hole. The backlight module is disposed in the case body. The gas sensor is disposed in the case body. The gas sensor includes a gas-sensing material layer for sensing a gas. The gas-sensing material layer receives a visible light emitted from the backlight module and is activated by the visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Winbond Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Hsuan Ho
  • Patent number: 10100703
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a particulate matter (PM) sensor assembly positioned downstream of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. In one example, a method may include rotating the PM sensor assembly inside an exhaust passage to generate an output, the rotation based on exhaust flow conditions within the exhaust passage. By rotating the PM sensor assembly via a bearing, a rate of soot particulate accumulation on a sensor element of the assembly may be maintained at a desired level, and independent of a direction of exhaust flow inside the exhaust passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10101702
    Abstract: A separating claw unit includes: a separating claw provided beside and against a surface of an image carrier on which a toner image to be transferred to a recording paper sheet in a nip area between the image carrier and a transfer section is to be formed, the separating claw being configured to separate the recording paper sheet having passed through the nip area off the surface of the image carrier in a direction away from the surface of the image carrier; and a cushion guide provided next to the separating claw to extend beyond the separating claw in the direction away from the surface of the image carrier, held elastically and displaceably away from the surface of the image carrier, and configured to come into contact with the recording paper sheet to guide the recording paper sheet downstream in a direction of conveyance of the recording paper sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyonori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10094752
    Abstract: A folding test machine to measure the durability against folding can be operated by minor adjustment even if a radius of curvature of the folding or an arc length of the folding is changed. A fixed wall and a moveable wall are opposingly provided in an approximately box-shaped frame and a holding part to hold a workpiece is provided on the top of each of the fixed wall and the moveable wall in a rotatable manner in a vertical plane of the rotation. And the workpiece and a plate spring are held on the respective opposing end portions so as to be bridged between the fixed wall and the moveable wall in a curved manner such that the moveable wall is moved closer to and farther from the fixed wall repeatedly such that the work is folded repeatedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Yuasa System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Okazaki, Naotsugu Ando, Hisao Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10094374
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a system and method for checking the operational status of alternative compressor valve and more particularly for checking operational status of electrically commanded valves, provided in alternative compressors used in refrigeration systems. In accordance with the present invention, said operational checking system of alternative compressor valve comprises a data processing core (5) capable of estimating one among two possible operations statuses of said metal valve (1) by varying at least one electric parameter provided by said sensor (4), wherein said step of estimating one among two possible operational statuses of said metal valve (1) is effected on the basis of the results from the comparison between said signal of electric parameter from sensor (4) and the predetermined range of data analogous to the electric parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Andrich, Günter Johann Maass
  • Patent number: 10088380
    Abstract: A multi-channel pressure measuring device includes a plurality of sample conduits and a plurality of sample inlets. Each sample inlet is configured to receive a respective sample conduit. The sample conduit is configured to channel a sample fluid and an incidental fluid through a respective sample inlet. The multi-channel pressure measuring device also includes a sample block including a plurality of collection wells coupled to the sample inlets. Each collection well includes a diameter larger than a diameter of a respective sample inlet. The sample block is fabricated from at least one of a transparent material and a translucent material. The multi-channel pressure measuring device further includes a plurality of filter indicator elements. Each filter indicator element is positioned within a respective collection well. Each filter indicator element is configured to retain the incidental fluid therewithin and to indicate a presence of the retained incidental fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dale Richey, Joshua Daniel Brown
  • Patent number: 10088375
    Abstract: A thin film material residual testing structure comprises two groups of structures. The first group of structures comprises an electrostatic driven polysilicon cantilever beam, an asymmetrical cross beam made of thin film material to be tested and having an alignment structure, and a double-end fixed support beam made of the thin film material to be tested. The second group of structures is similar to the structure of the first group with the fixed support beam removed. A residual stress testing method includes separating the loading drive part of force from a residual stress testing structure made of the thin film material to be tested, designing the bending deflection of a control testing structure according to geometrical parameters, extracting the force applied on the residual stress testing structure and utilizing force and deflection to calculate the residual stress of the thin film material to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Southeast University
    Inventors: Weihua Li, Lei Wang, Lu Zhang, Zaifa Zhou
  • Patent number: 10078071
    Abstract: Herein is described an apparatus for adaptation to existing GC/MS systems, utilizing a splitless injector as the desorption oven with a liquid CO2 cooled low thermal mass cryo trap that eliminates the need for flash heating of volatile compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Hans T. Alborn, Steven D. Willms
  • Patent number: 10071547
    Abstract: A three dimensional typeset apparatus is disclosed having a grid with a plurality of apertures for accommodating a plurality of sorts. The grid can accommodate sorts having a variety of dimensions and shapes. Each of the sorts has two sides, one side with a raised print surface and the opposite side which is a mirror image of the print side which enables the user to see how the layout looks when it prints. The sorts can print a single character or can print enlarged continuing images. A variety of attachments to secure each sort within the grid is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Tobianne Paul
  • Patent number: 10071577
    Abstract: A printer has a carriage being movable between a first end and a second end of a reciprocating path; and a driving force transmitting path selecting mechanism provided at the second end of the reciprocating path. The selecting mechanism has: a common driving force outputting member; a plurality of force receiving members; a selecting member; and a position retainer for keeping the position of the selecting member. The selecting member connects the force outputting member to one of the plurality of force receiving members, and moves in association with the carriage when the carriage moves in a vicinity of the second end in a first direction extending from the first end to the second end. The position retainer keeps the position of the selecting member when the carriage moves in a second direction extending from the second end to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Koga, Masatoshi Izuchi
  • Patent number: 10067155
    Abstract: In a method for fabricating an electrostatic capacitance-type acceleration sensor having a capacitor which electrostatic capacitance between a movable electrode and a fixed electrode changes according to the displacement of the movable electrode, the method includes: a step of forming a groove on at least one of the surface of an insulative substrate and the surface of a semiconductor substrate; a step of forming a hole in the semiconductor substrate so as to penetrate the semiconductor substrate at a position communicating with a passage formed by the groove; and a step of forming an electrode extraction hole in the insulative substrate so as to penetrate the insulative substrate, at a position communicating with the passage formed by the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Takahiro Tsunoda, Takashi Kunimi, Toru Sekine
  • Patent number: 10066566
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to a device, in particular a control and evaluating unit, for operating a particle sensor (20) for determining a particle content in a gas flow, wherein the particle sensor (20) has, on the surface of the particle sensor, a sensor structure for determining a soot load and at least one heating element (26) separated from the sensor structure by an insulating layer, by means of which at least one heating element the particle sensor (20) can be heated up in a regeneration phase and in the process a soot load on the particle sensor (20) can be removed, and by means of the heating element (26) a heating phase can be performed at least at times before the regeneration phase, wherein in said heating phase a temperature that is significantly lower than the regeneration temperature is set, wherein short-term temperature drops as a result of wetting with water can be detected by means of a temperature sensor (27) integrated in the particle sensor (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Knuebel, Enno Baars, Michael Bessen