Patents Examined by Blake A Tankersley
  • Patent number: 9789682
    Abstract: A metal mask is used in applying a printing material to an object to be printed by the sliding of a squeegee across a first surface of the metal mask. The metal mask has a plurality of openings extending from the first surface to a second surface facing the object. The metal mask has a bridge section and a filling section. The bridge section is disposed between first and second openings, and is recessed from the second surface. The filling section is provided on the second surface-side of the bridge section for being filled with printing material. The filling section communicates with the respective ends of the first and second openings. When viewed from the second surface, the filling section has a width that is larger than a width of the openings in a direction that intersects with a direction extending between the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Hirose
  • Patent number: 9791429
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a sensor system for measuring chlorine concentration in water. The sensor system can have a manifold including one or more flow passages for receiving fluid flow. The sensor system can have a probe for measuring chlorine concentration in fluid communication with a flow passage of the one or more flow passages of the manifold. The probe can have a probe body oriented to direct incoming fluid from one or more flow passages of the manifold toward an end of the probe body. The probe can have a plurality of flutes defined on an outer surface of the probe body. The flutes can be shaped and oriented to direct fluid from the end proximal to the electrodes, back toward the one or more flow passages of the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Bruce Howes, Jr., Patrick Henry Kilawee, Michael Patrick Kremer, Leonard John Kadlec
  • Patent number: 9784646
    Abstract: The present invention comprises methods and apparatus for inspecting a tread. Such methods include providing a tread having a top side and a bottom side, one of the top and bottom sides including a tread feature extending into the thickness of the tread. Such methods further include bending mechanically a transverse extent of the tread relative the tread thickness along a portion of the tread to be inspected about a bending member to form a bent portion of the tread, the portion of the tread to be inspected including the tread feature such that the step of bending expands the tread feature to further expose a depth of the tread feature within the thickness of the tread for inspection. Such further methods include constraining the tread on opposing sides of the portion of the tread to be inspected to maintain the bent portion of the tread in a bent arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Compagnie Générale des établissements Michelin
    Inventors: Chinglin Pan, Ronald Cress, Michael D. Petrovich
  • Patent number: 9782988
    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 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Koga, Masatoshi Izuchi
  • Patent number: 9783382
    Abstract: Provided is a transport device including a first transport section that is driven at a first transport speed and transports a recording medium interposed therein, a second transport section that is driven at a speed different from the first transport speed, is located at a downstream of the first transport section in a transport direction, and transports the recording medium interposed therein, a detection section that detects variations in a driving load of the second transport section before and after the recording medium is discharged from the first transport section, and a derivation section that derives a thickness of the recording medium based on the variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Morino, Hidehiko Yamaguchi, Hideki Moriya, Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Takahito Chiba
  • Patent number: 9758326
    Abstract: Provided is a transport device including a transport section by which a recording medium is interposed and is transported while rotating, a driving section that drives the transport section, a control section that performs control so that the recording medium enters a predetermined position of the transport section in a rotation direction, a detection section that detects a load of the driving section during a period of time in which the recording medium is transported by the transport section, and a derivation section that derives a thickness of the recording medium based on the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Moriya, Hidehiko Yamaguchi, Takanori Morino, Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Takahito Chiba
  • Patent number: 9759676
    Abstract: A gas sensor array containing a gas flow path in which a gas to be analyzed flows, and a plurality of gas sensors set along the gas flowing direction of the gas flow path, wherein the gas sensors each has a constitution wherein semiconductor microcrystals that come into contact with the gas to be analyzed that flows in the above gas flow path are disposed between two electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Kake Educational Institution
    Inventor: Norio Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9752040
    Abstract: A nanosilver ink composition including silver nanoparticles; polystyrene; and an ink vehicle. A process for preparing a nanosilver ink composition comprising combining silver nanoparticles; polystyrene; and an ink vehicle. A process for forming conductive features on a substrate using flexographic and gravure printing processes comprising providing a nanosilver ink composition comprising silver nanoparticles; polystyrene; and an ink vehicle; depositing the nanosilver ink composition onto a substrate to form deposited features; and heating the deposited features on the substrate to form conductive features on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Adela Goredema, Yiliang Wu, Barkev Keoshkerian, Jenny Eliyahu, Cuong Vong, Biby Esther Abraham
  • Patent number: 9752965
    Abstract: Sampling systems for use on production lines with the capability to measure chemical components of a gas, vapor, or liquid sample taken from a product on the line and at a faster rate than the individual sensors alone are capable of. In one embodiment, the system detects the presence of insoluble hydrocarbons in the gas vapor present inside refillable water bottles that have been returned by the consumer. Each sampling system—apparatus—comprises two or more sub-systems each comprising: one or more sensors for performing a measurement of interest on a gas, vapor, or liquid sample, valves and a pump for directing the flow of samples, optionally an enclosed volume to hold the sample, and all under the direction of a control system. The sampling system also automatically acts on the measurement to detect when defective goods have reached a point where they can be ejected from the production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SENSIGENT LLC
    Inventor: Steven R Foote
  • Patent number: 9744757
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods for an ink-based digital printing system, comprising providing an imaging member a reimageable surface layer disposed on a structural mounting layer, the reimageable surface layer comprising a fluorosilicone elastomer and an infrared-absorbing filler comprising carbon black, and a plurality of surface defects on the reimageable surface layer, wherein the surface defects comprises carbon black exposed through the fluorosilicone elastomer of the reimageable surface layer. The method also comprises applying a coating of rejuvenating oil comprising an amino-functional organopolysiloxane to the reimageable surface layer, whereby at least a portion of the plurality of surface defects are coated by the amino-functional organopolysiloxane, thereby rejuvenating the imaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: XEROX CORPORATION, PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Timothy D. Stowe, Gregory B. Anderson, Santokh S. Badesha, Mandakini Kanungo
  • Patent number: 9746401
    Abstract: A universal materials testing machine is disclosed. In one embodiment, the machine comprises a plurality of grips holding a circular material specimen sheet; the grips being capable of pulling the material specimen radially outward. Each grip is connected to a force measurement sensor such as a load cell. The grip and the load cell assembly is connected to a linear actuator assembly. The linear actuator assembly comprises a motor connected to an arm that can move along a straight line. The actuator pulls or pushes the load cell and grip assembly. A camera module captures images of the specimen while being stretched or released. A data processing system gathers camera module images along with force measurements from the load cells. An analysis module running on the data processing unit computes stress and strain measurements and fits them to user selectable material model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Udayan Kanade, Manohar Joshi, Sanat Ganu
  • Patent number: 9739797
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a semiconductor substrate and multiple sensing portions that are placed on one side of the semiconductor substrate and convert a physical quantity into an electrical signal. The one side is parallel to a reference plane defined by an X-direction and a Y-direction perpendicular to each other. The semiconductor substrate has a center point that is both a geometric center and a center of mass. The semiconductor substrate is axisymmetric with respect to each of a first reference line passing through the center point and parallel to the X-direction and a second reference line passing through the center point and parallel to the Y-direction. Each of the sensing portions is axisymmetric with respect to each of the first reference line and the second reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumiyoshi Ariki, Minekazu Sakai, Kiyomasa Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9739695
    Abstract: A plastically deformable almen strip is held under a predetermined underwater environment in which water jet peening is carried out, and a result of providing compressive residual stress in the water jet peening is confirmed by jetting water jet to the almen strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukio Michishita, Takahiro Ota, Nobuyuki Hori
  • Patent number: 9738103
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus for performing post-processing on a sheet having an image formed thereon, the post-processing at least including case bookbinding by using paste, the apparatus including: a paste applicator having a paste application member and configured to supply paste to coat a back of a sheet bundle with the paste; a pressurization member for pressing a cover onto the back of the sheet bundle with the paste coated thereon; and a controller configured to receive information relating to a cover gutter setting on the sheet bundle and to perform control over the paste applicator and the pressurization member, the controller being configured to cause, in a guttered cover setting, the paste to overflow in a larger amount from the back of the sheet bundle toward a gutter than an amount of overflow in a non-guttered cover setting based on the information relating to the cover gutter setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Norishige Kato
  • Patent number: 9731496
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method for manufacturing rotogravure cylinders with a cylinder base made of aluminum and a single metallic layer on the cylinder surface. The method comprises the construction of the cylinder base, the deposition of the metallic layer on the cylinder surface, the thinning of the cylinder to achieve the required dimensions, the polishing of the cylinder surface and finally the etching of the cylinder with the desired printing pattern. The metallic layer can be any copper alloy that will produce a surface with a Vickers hardness of about 400 HV. The metallic layer is deposited onto the cylinder base using any thermal spraying method. The cylinder surface is then thinned and polished by using any conventional method. Finally, the cylinder is etched to provide a superb cylinder for the printing industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Paramount International Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Ioannis Ioannou
  • Patent number: 9719899
    Abstract: A system and method for verifying the operational condition of a rectangular baler having a baling chamber equipped with a reciprocating plunger, the plunger moving between a fully retracted position and extended position, the baler further equipped with a load sensor suitable for determining the reaction force on the plunger as said plunger is compressing crops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Dirk A. R. Vandamme
  • Patent number: 9714917
    Abstract: A desired effective voltage can be ensured with certainty in a preheating control. An operation control part 52 reads a correction value c with respect to a battery voltage Vb at the time of performing correction based on preliminarily stored correlation between a battery voltage Vb of a vehicle-use battery and a correction value c (S104, S106), and compensates for lowering of an effective value of a pulse voltage by adding a correction value c to a duty ratio calculated by a predetermined arithmetic expression thus ensuring a desired effective voltage with certainty in a preheating control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Bosch Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9707749
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lithographic printing plate precursor including, in the following order: a support; an image-recording layer containing a radical polymerizable compound and a radical polymerization initiator; and a protective layer containing a star polymer, and the star polymer is preferably a polymer in which from 3 to 10 polymer chains are branched from a central skeleton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hidekazu Oohashi
  • Patent number: 9709542
    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: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. Tissandier
  • Patent number: 9702801
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides a particulate monitoring system. The system includes a vehicle. A wake conditioner is mounted in the vehicle. A sample inlet is placed in communication with an engineered vehicle wake that will be produced by the wake conditioner when the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on Behalf of the Desert Research Institute
    Inventors: Vicken Etyemezian, George Nikolich