Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • Patent number: 10052862
    Abstract: Intaglio printing press systems for recto-verso intaglio printing of sheets, in particular for the production of banknotes and the like securities, wherein first and second intaglio printing presses are operatively-coupled to one another by a sheet processing and transporting system comprising an automated guided vehicle system for automatically transporting sheets from a sheet delivery station of the first intaglio printing press where recto printing is performed to a sheet feeding station of the second intaglio printing press where verso printing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 10054575
    Abstract: There are provided methods and devices for sensing hydrogen gas. For example, there is provided a method that includes drawing a sample into a channel. The method includes passing the sample over a collection plate to remove an extraneous gas in the sample, thus yielding a purified sample. The method further includes passing the purified sample on a sensing plate and measuring a concentration of hydrogen in the purified sample using the sensing plate. The measuring can include heating the sensing plate and correlating a change in resistance of the sensing plate with a specified concentration of hydrogen. Furthermore, the method can include regenerating the collection plate following the measuring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gamal Refai-Ahmed, David Peter Robinson
  • Patent number: 10054578
    Abstract: A fuel property sensor including a substrate, a first lead wire, a second lead wire, a wiring member, and a determiner. The substrate is disposed in such a position as to be in contact with the fuel. The first lead wire is connected to the substrate. The second lead wire is connected to the substrate. The second lead wire is spaced from the first lead wire. The wiring member is provided on the substrate. The wiring member connects the first lead wire and the second lead wire. The wiring member is configured to electrically disconnect the first lead wire and the second lead wire from each other by reaction with impurities contained in the fuel. The determiner is configured to determine whether the first lead wire and the second lead wire are electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Ikeya
  • Patent number: 10048178
    Abstract: A rock specimen, including a rock body having the shape of a cylinder or a regular square prism. The rock body includes: an upper end face, a first circular groove, a first cylinder, a first circular body, a lower end face, a second circular groove, a second cylinder, and a second circular body. The first circular groove is disposed on the upper end face of the rock body and has a circle center coinciding with the center of the upper end face of the rock body. The second circular groove is disposed on the lower end face of the rock body and has a circle center coinciding with the center of the lower end face of the rock body. The outer diameter of the first circular groove is smaller than the inner diameter of the second circular groove, and the first circular groove and the second circular groove are staggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SICHUAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianfeng Liu, Heping Xie, Lu Wang, Jianliang Pei, Yu Bian, Huining Xu, Yong Xiang, Fei Wu, Hang Zou, Yangmengdi Xu
  • Patent number: 10048182
    Abstract: A rock specimen, including a rock body. The rock body includes: an upper part, an upper end face, a first circular groove, a first cylinder, a first circular body, a lower part, a lower end face, a second circular groove, a second cylinder, and a second circular body. The first circular groove is disposed on the upper end face of the rock body and has a circle center coinciding with a center of the upper end face. A method for testing pure shear of the rock specimen, includes: 1) disposing the rock specimen on a test bench of a rock mechanics testing system, allowing the end face of the second circular body to contact the test bench; and 2) operating the rock mechanics testing system, loading a pressure on the rock specimen via the end face of the first cylinder and the end face of the second circular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SICHUAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianfeng Liu, Heping Xie, Jianhui Deng, Lu Wang, Jianliang Pei, Yong Xiang, Linrui Li, Yu Bian, Huining Xu, Zhiwei Zhou
  • Patent number: 10029880
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a sheet bundle binding device having both a staple binding unit and a staple-free binding unit, capable of performing binding in two stages of proper binding and temporary binding so as to obtain a desired binding force and to easily remove some sheets from a bound sheet bundle. A binding control section determines, based on user's settings, whether or not to perform first binding in which a first sheet bundle Sb1 is subjected to the proper binding using the staple binding unit or staple-free binding unit and determines whether or not to perform second binding in which a second sheet bundle obtained by accumulating additional sheets on the first sheet bundle is subjected to the temporary binding using the staple-free binding unit so as to control binding forces with which the first and second sheet bundles are bound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ishihara, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10024777
    Abstract: A test method and test apparatus is provided that employs a microfluidic device to characterize properties of a fluid. The microfluidic device has a first inlet port, an outlet port, and a microchannel as part of a fluid path between the first inlet port and the outlet port. While generating a flow of the fluid through the microchannel of the microfluidic device, fluid pressure at the first inlet port of the microfluidic device is measured and recorded in conjunction with varying the controlled temperature of the microchannel of the microfluidic device to characterize the properties of the fluid that flows through the microchannel of the microfluidic device. The properties of the fluid can relate to the clathrate hydrate formation condition of the fluid at the pressure of the flow through the microchannel of the microfluidic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shahnawaz Hossain Molla, Farshid Mostowfi, Heng-Joo Ng
  • Patent number: 10022190
    Abstract: Force transducer (10) include two structural members (11, 12) spaced apart to define a gap (101) and being linked to each other. Optical fibers (13) are to the members and are freely suspended in the gap. The optical fibers are configured to provide a change in a detectable optical property responsive to a change in relative position between the two members in one or more predetermined degrees of freedom. Each of the optical fibers (13) is fixed to both structural members and continuous between the members to link the two structural members to each other. The optical fibers are substantially the only structure forming a link between the two structural members (11, 12), such that the arrangement of the optical fibers defines substantially the stiffness of the link between the two structural members in the one or more predetermined degrees of freedom, which stiffness is mainly, such as for at least 95%, determined by the optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES, UNIVERSITE DE MONS
    Inventors: Jean-Baptiste Valsamis, Nicolas Cauche, Jacques Deviere, Christophe Caucheteur, Valérie Voisin
  • Patent number: 10022965
    Abstract: A method for operating a printing device and an image generation kit are disclosed. The image generation kit is adapted to controllably eject individual drops of a gating agent, and is operating the image generation kit in synchronism with a principal substance application apparatus to deposit the drops of the gating agent on a substrate and to transfer a principal substance to the substrate. The drops of the gating agent on the substrate define image and non-image areas of the substrate, the image and non-image areas of the substrate are undefined until the drops of the gating agent are deposited thereon, and the substrate with the principal substance transferred to the image areas is an end product of the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Anthony B. DeJoseph, Theodore F. Cyman, Jr., Kevin J. Hook, Anthony V. Moscato, Henderikus A. Haan, James L. Warmus
  • Patent number: 10018602
    Abstract: A number of analytes are divided into groups based on at least either the elution position determined by silica gel column chromatography under the same condition or the partition ratio in a hexane-acetonitrile partition method. To each group, a compound obtained by labeling one of the compounds in the group by deuterium and/or carbon is assigned as the surrogate. After those surrogates are added as internal standard substances to a standard sample for the creation of calibration curves, a GC/MS analysis for the sample is performed and a calibration curve is created for each analyte. In the measurement of an unknown sample, the same set of surrogates are added to the sample and the GC/MS analysis is performed. A quantitative determination processor determines the quantity of each analyte by comparing a peak area ratio calculated from the analysis result with a calibration curve read from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: SHIMADZU CORPORATION, AICHI PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT
    Inventors: Eiji Ueno, Riki Kitano, Haruhiko Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 10015841
    Abstract: A micro heater and a micro sensor is capable of providing a heater having a small thermal capacity by forming an air gap which surrounds the heater wire, and forming the heater wire on a porous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Point Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bum Mo Ahn, Seung Ho Park, Sung Hyun Byun
  • Patent number: 10012629
    Abstract: A gas monitoring system and a gas monitoring method make it possible to identify plural gas sensors having a single specification and which are connected to one trunk line. Trunk line connectors have identification configurations for allowing information concerning positions where the trunk line connectors to be identified are arranged. Hydrogen sensors have a single specification (the same specification). When connectors of the hydrogen sensors are fitted to the trunk line connectors, the hydrogen sensors store the sensor IDs, which are assigned to the hydrogen sensors, in memory units based on the identification configurations of the trunk line connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Suzuki, Takashi Kawaura
  • Patent number: 10012639
    Abstract: A gas-sensing apparatus with a self-powered microheater to reduce power usage and enhance efficiency when determining a presence of one or more gases in an air sample is provided. The gas-sensing apparatus includes a substrate, a sensing layer coupled to the substrate, and a heater element connected to the sensing layer and having at least one sheet. The sheet is made from a homogenous mixture of zinc powder and activated carbon. Oxygen from ambient air interacts with zinc ions in the zinc powder in an exothermic reaction to generate heat energy for use in heating the sensing layer to a desired temperature, thereby permitting the sensing layer at the desired temperature to detect the presence or ratio of the one or more gases in the air sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DYNOSENSE, CORP.
    Inventors: Saeed Azimi, Elaheh Farjami
  • Patent number: 10012673
    Abstract: A system includes a MEMS sensor having dual proof masses capable of moving independently from one another in response to forces imposed upon the proof masses. Each proof mass includes an independent set of sense contacts configured to provide output signals corresponding to the physical displacement of the corresponding sense mass. A switch system is in communication with the sense contacts. The switch system is configured to enable a sense mode and various test modes for the MEMS sensor. When the switch system enables a sense mode, output signals from the sense contacts can be combined to produce sense signals. When the switch system enables a test mode, the second contacts are electrically decoupled from one another to disassociate the output signals from one another. The independent sense contacts and switch system enable the concurrent compensation and calibration of the proof masses along two different sense axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Tehmoor M. Dar, Bruno J. Debeurre, Raimondo P. Sessego
  • Patent number: 10011107
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for printing a bag with a print, which bag is filled with a detergent or cleaning agent and is made from a water-soluble or water-dispersible film, wherein the printing of the bag is carried out by means of an inking-pad printing process; and to a method for producing film bags of this type; and to the film bags which are produced in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Gerhard Josef Theumert
  • Patent number: 10006848
    Abstract: The system and method for testing a filter containment system. A containment system may include a filter housing with a diverging transition section mounted upstream and a converging transition section mounted downstream. An upstream test section can be arranged upstream of the diverging transition section. During a test of the filter, and aerosol can be dispersed substantially evenly across a cross-sectional area of the upstream test section. The downstream test section can be arranged downstream of the converging transition section. The downstream test section may optionally include a mixer that disturbs the airflow. The downstream test section can also include a sampling array, downstream of the mixer that simultaneously samples the airflow substantially evenly across the cross-sectional area of the downstream test section for the presence of aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: CAMFIL USA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith G. Woolard, Larry E. Bland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9995715
    Abstract: A fluid properties measurement device, including a magnetically excited and sensed resonator and a resonator electromagnetic excitation assembly, including an excitation coil driven by an electrical network, electrically connected to the excitation coil. The excitation coil is positioned so that a varying magnetic field produced by the excitation coil will drive the resonator in a pattern of resonating movement that has predetermined characteristics. Also, an electromagnetic sensing assembly, including a gradiometric sense coil is positioned so that an electromagnetic field originating due to movement of the resonator in a pattern having the predetermined characteristics, will create a time-varying gradient across the sense coil. Finally, a signal sensing electrical network is electrically connected to the sense coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: RHEONICS GMBH
    Inventor: Joseph H. Goodbread
  • Patent number: 9989433
    Abstract: A measuring element for measuring dynamic pressure, temperature and/or static pressure includes a body made of a piezoelectric material and having opposing side surfaces carrying electrodes. The piezoelectric material of the body is selected in such a manner that a thrust coefficient of the piezoelectric e-tensor is not equal to zero, with the result that the inverse piezoelectric effect can be used, and a transverse coefficient of the piezoelectric d-tensor is not equal to zero and/or a longitudinal coefficient of the piezoelectric d-tensor is not equal to zero, with the result that the transverse piezoelectric effect can be used in the transverse direction and/or the longitudinal piezoelectric effect can be used in the longitudinal direction in a simultaneous manner with the inverse piezoelectric effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KISTLER HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Claudio Cavalloni, Roland Sommer
  • Patent number: 9970914
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with gas detecting sensors. According to one embodiment, a gas sensor includes a metal layer, a barrier interlayer, a substrate layer, a first insulating layer, a conduction path, a contact pad, and a second insulating layer. The conduction path connects the metal layer to the contact pad. The second insulating layer prevents diffusion through the contact pad, the conduction path, or the metal layer. The sensor includes a wire bonded electrical connection to the contact pad such that voltage can be determined and/or applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Jennifer Xu, Gary W. Hunter
  • Patent number: 9952073
    Abstract: An integrated load cell and inclinometer includes an outer shell including a u-shaped structure configured to receive a polished rod; a load sensor configured output a load signal based on a load experienced by the load sensor; a position sensor configured to output a position signal based on a position experienced by the position sensor; a load and position signal processor configured to receive and process the load signal from the load sensor and to output load signal data representative of the load experienced by the load sensor, and receive and process the position signal from the position sensor and to output position signal data representative of the inclination of the walking beam or the position of the polished rod; a solar battery configured to provide power to the integrated load cell and inclinometer; and a transmitter configured to transmit the load signal data and position signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Bode Energy Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min Zhao