Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • 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: 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: 9952123
    Abstract: An air quality test unit for attachment to a vent of a HVAC system with air flow there through. The air quality test unit contains at least two substrate panels arranged in a v-shape form wherein at least one panel includes a sticky surface or a collection container. The air quality test unit is attachable to the vent by one or more clips. The sticky surfaces or collection container of the substrate panels capture airborne substances and contaminants emanating from the air flow of the HVAC system vent. A culture growth medium may be disposed in the collection container or on the sticky surface. The air quality test unit kit provides a user with an air quality test unit and process for shipping the unit to the laboratory for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Luigi Novaro, Randy Miller
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9950509
    Abstract: A modified ink cup for plate printing is presented, where the ink cup is separated internally into two domains, a storage area and a print area, by a baffle system. The baffling allows only a limited amount of exposure of the ink in the ink cup to the outside air, reducing evaporation of the ink solvent and extending the life of the ink supply in the cup. This system greatly reduces the number of times an ink cup has to be re-filled to perform plate printing and limits the evaporation of possibly toxic solvents to the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: James Cheng
  • Patent number: 9939412
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for sensing one or more odorants are disclosed. The device may include an oscillator crystal coated with a polymer. The oscillator crystal may typically oscillate at a known first frequency. The coated crystal may respond to exposure to an odorant by oscillating at one or more alternative frequencies. The coated crystal response may depend on the polymer composition, polymer concentration, coating geometry, and/or odorant to which it may be exposed. The system may include one or more oscillator crystals, each coated with a different polymer composition, polymer concentration, and/or coating geometry. The system may include non-coated crystals. The system may also include additional electronics to measure the frequencies of the one or more coated or non-coated crystals and to analyze their frequencies. The method may include the use of such devices and/or systems to identify and/or determine the concentration of one or more odorants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Naoya Ichimura, Tatsuaki Hirase
  • Patent number: 9927413
    Abstract: Diagnostic processes for determining whether a NOx sensor is in a stuck-in-range failure mode may be performed when the NOx sensor reaches an operational temperature and before the oxygen pumps of the NOx sensor are activated and/or during operation. The processes may include interpreting values of a parameter indicative an amount of O2 and/or NOx measured by the NOx sensor. The processes include determining if the values of the parameter exceed a threshold value and indicating a failure of the NOx sensor responsive to the values not exceeding the threshold value. In some implementations, the processes may include increasing an amount of O2 in a chamber of the NOx sensor. Increasing the amount of O2 in the chamber of the NOx sensor may include deactivating an oxygen pump of the NOx sensor or reducing an amount of O2 removed via an oxygen pump of the NOx sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CUMMINS EMISSION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jinqian Gong, Sergio Manuel Hernandez-Gonzalez, Ruqiat O. Shifatu-Badru
  • Patent number: 9927337
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for determining adhesive strength of a sample label. For example, the present invention relates to a novel approach for examining the resistance to peel force required to remove a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) label from its intended substrate. This approach is encompassed by systems and methods which rely on the creation of one or any combination of at least four test strip types traced and cut from a label adhered to its intended substrate. The test strips may be oriented in at least three ways: along the machine direction of the label's face stock, along the cross direction of the label's face stock, and along an angle diagonal to the intersection of the machine and cross directions of the label's face stock, where the angle does not equal 0°, 90°, 180°, 270°, or 360°. The test strips may be peeled in reference to the position along the label and to and from which they extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Government Publishing Office
    Inventor: Mary Kombolias
  • Patent number: 9915597
    Abstract: A particulate matter measuring device includes: a diesel particulate filter (DPF) in which upstream side and downstream side openings of multiple cells partitioned by porous partition walls are alternately plugged; a pair of first electrodes received in a pair of first electrode cells arranged diagonally with a central cell therebetween; a pair of second electrodes received in a pair of second electrode cells arranged diagonally with the central cell therebetween; a first connecting member for connecting the first electrodes to each other; a second connecting member for connecting the second electrodes to each other; and a unit that calculates an amount of particulate matter trapped in the DPF on the basis of capacitance between the electrodes. The four cells which are adjacent to each other around the partition walls of the central cell and sandwiched between the first electrode cells and the second electrode cells are used as measurement cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Masafumi Noda, Mitsuhiro Aso, Tadashi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9885947
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are materials and methods used to form a three dimensional (3D) article having a printed layer thereon. The 3D articles are capable of displaying rear projected images, effectively as a 3D “screen” for displaying an image or a movie. The 3D articles are used as standalone articles or as a portion of an animatronic figure. The articles are made by forming a substantially planar thermoformable laminate including a rear projection screen material, printing and curing a radiation curable ink onto one or both sides of the laminate, and thermoforming to impart a shape to the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Dolce Lin Wang, Thomas F. LaDuke
  • Patent number: 9874051
    Abstract: A safe that is unopenable and uses solar energy to dispense via a infrared remote signal a single or double, 1.5 oz shot of hard alcohol every night between the hours of 10 pm and 12 am. Featuring a oneway pump which intakes alcohol into the glass lined reservoir and a tamper proof z shaped nozzle composed of titanium to dispense. Also requires a breathalyzer and identity check of the user. The breathalyzer will use near infrared spectroscopy and also have additional optical filters which check for the organic compounds nitrogen and carbon dioxide present in human breath. The identity check may be done by iris scan or facial recognition scan and may require to have face aligned with both the camera and breathalyzer holes. May also feature a refrigeration system on the bottom of the safe using a Stirling heat engine to power the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Benjamin Kanhai
  • Patent number: 9849666
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a device for producing printed products comprising an arrangement of cooperating rollers that are arranged parallel to one another, wherein at least the gap width between the rollers of one roller pair is adjustable. For this purpose, one roller of the pair is pivotably mounted by means of a pivot arm, wherein a driver arranged on the pivot arm displaces a linearly movable reference element by means of a sliding block guide such that the position of this reference element corresponds to the adjusted gap width. The sliding block guide is preferably realized in such a way that the gap width and the position of the reference element are proportionally correlated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Schmale, Kai Winkelmann
  • Patent number: 9835583
    Abstract: A method of assembling a remote sensor system to detect a gas or chemical and a remote sensor system are described. The method includes fabricating a sensor, the sensor outputting a sensor signal that changes upon contact of the sensor with the gas or chemical and the sensor having an input port for a clock signal, coupling a capacitor to the sensor, the capacitor output voltage resulting from the sensor signal output by the sensor, and coupling a mixer to the capacitor and a low frequency oscillator, the mixer configured to mix the capacitor output voltage with the low frequency oscillator output to generate an output signal. The method also includes coupling an antenna to the mixer, the antenna configured to transmit the output signal indicating detection of the gas or chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shu-Jen Han, Keith A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9835584
    Abstract: A method of assembling a remote sensor system to detect a gas or chemical and a remote sensor system are described. The method includes fabricating a sensor, the sensor outputting a sensor signal that changes upon contact of the sensor with the gas or chemical and the sensor having an input port for a clock signal, coupling a capacitor to the sensor, the capacitor output voltage resulting from the sensor signal output by the sensor, and coupling a mixer to the capacitor and a low frequency oscillator, the mixer configured to mix the capacitor output voltage with the low frequency oscillator output to generate an output signal. The method also includes coupling an antenna to the mixer, the antenna configured to transmit the output signal indicating detection of the gas or chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shu-Jen Han, Keith A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9827759
    Abstract: The blanket cylinder of a printing press is used to remove oleophobic debris from an imaged dry printing member. Following imaging—e.g., imagewise exposure of the printing member to radiation that ablates the layer below the oleophobic layer, or de-anchors it from the oleophobic layer without ablation—the printing member is brought into rolling contact with the blanket cylinder, and the press is operated “on impression.” This rolling contact may remove not only the oleophobic top layer but ablation debris of the underlying imaging layer as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PRESSTEK, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Doyle, Travis Softic, Kevin Ray
  • Patent number: 9828200
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a feeder unit, a separating unit, a conveying unit disposed downstream of the separating unit in a sheet feeding direction, an image forming unit disposed downstream of the conveying unit in the sheet feeding direction, a drive unit, and a control unit. The feeder unit feeds a sheet. The separating unit separates sheets fed by the feeder unit one by one. The conveying unit conveys the sheet. The image forming unit forms, while the sheet is being conveyed, an image on the sheet. The drive unit drives the conveying unit. The control unit controls the drive unit. After the conveyed sheet reaches the image forming unit, the control unit reduces a conveyance speed of the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwata, Motoyasu Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 9797789
    Abstract: An electrical resistance strain gage includes a uniformly distributed electrical resistance of the active measuring area and a discrete electrical trim resistance within an active measuring are. The trim resistance may include an electrical conductor in an electrically parallel circuit such that the electrical conductor may be selectively electrically removed from the strain gage to trim the electrical resistance of the strain gage. The trim resistance does not modify the active strain sensing area or uniform grid length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Vishay Measurements Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Watson, Thomas P. Kieffer, Rebecca L. Showalter