Patents Examined by Carol Tsai
  • Patent number: 8498833
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a stack body of at least a porous layer and a dense layer comprises the first step of measuring the length of the stack body before the stack body is fired, the second step of measuring the length of the stack body after the stack body is fired, the third step of calculating a shrinkage rate of the stack body based on a first measured value from the first step and a second measured value from the second step, the fourth step of determining whether the calculated shrinkage rate of the stack body is acceptable or not based on the calculated shrinkage rate, the fifth step of calculating an S/N ratio of the stack body based on the first measured value and the second measured value, and the sixth step of determining whether the current-voltage characteristics of the stack body are acceptable or not based on the calculated S/N ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mari Maruyama, Ushio Harada, Hiroshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8498826
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a condition of a machine are provided. The machine monitoring system includes a housing mounted to a surface of a machine, a plurality of sensors configured to generate respective output signals for a parameter indicative of a condition of the machine, and a voting module positioned within the housing and configured to generate a corrected output based on the respective output signals. The machine monitoring system also includes a memory device including a store location configured to store manual input functions relating to a construction of the machine, a life calculator communicatively coupled to the voting module and the memory device wherein the life calculator is configured to determine a life remaining in the machine using the corrected output and the manual input functions, and a display positioned within the housing and configured to display the life remaining in the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Roopesh Bhaskaran Nagathil, Mills Thomas Robinson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8494802
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer-readable media, and systems for determining one or more characteristics of a wafer are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Haiguang Chen, Daniel Kavaldjiev, Louis Vintro, George Kren
  • Patent number: 8494789
    Abstract: A method of monitoring status of an energy reserve accumulator, connected to a fluid system, includes the following successive operations once the fluid system has stabilized for pressure: measuring a first time taken by the fluid system to progress from a predetermined first pressure to a predetermined second pressure, lower than the predetermined first pressure; measuring a second time taken by the system to progress from a predetermined third pressure, lower than the predetermined second pressure, to a predetermined fourth pressure, lower than the predetermined third pressure; and comparing the first and second times to determine the status of the energy reserve accumulator. Such a method may find use for example in an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Patrick Boissonneau, Stephan Montillaud
  • Patent number: 8489341
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring fluid in a fluid line are disclosed. The apparatus includes a first capacitor and a processor in communication with the first capacitor. The first capacitor is configured to sense the capacitance of the fluid line at the first capacitor. The processor is configured to compare the sensed capacitance at the first capacitor with a reference capacitance to determine the composition of the fluid in the fluid line at the first capacitor. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes a second capacitor. The second capacitor is configured to sense the capacitance of the fluid line at the second capacitor. The processor is configured to compare the sensed capacitance at the second capacitor with a reference capacitance to determine the composition of the fluid in the fluid line at the second capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Houston Brown
  • Patent number: 8489346
    Abstract: A method and apparatus measures electrical power usage and quality, while mitigating the effects of noise on measured signals or parameters. Specifically, a digital electrical power and energy meter employs a method in which a processor averages a parameter, such as voltage or current, over a plurality of cycles of a time-varying signal, such as an AC electrical signal. The method employed by the meter samples a parameter over the plurality of cycles and computes the average of the samples corresponding to the same phase angle of the signal to produce an average signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventor: Tibor Banhegyesi
  • Patent number: 8483986
    Abstract: Variations of the impedance of each output driver of a semiconductor device can be reduced, and high-speed calibration is achieved. A calibration circuit including a replica circuit having the same configuration as each pull-up circuit or pull-down circuit included in an output driver of a semiconductor device is provided within a chip. During a first calibration operation, the replica circuit is provided with voltage conditions that allow the maximum current to flow through the output driver so that an impedance of the replica circuit is equal to a value of an external resistor. During a second calibration operation, table parameters obtained in the first calibration operation are used to adjust the impedance of the output driver without use of the replica circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Elpida Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshiro Riho
  • Patent number: 8483978
    Abstract: The damage length measurement system has an object being measured that comprises a plurality of members is vibrated by an oscillator, and the vibration that propagates through the object being measured is detected by three sensors. A measurement apparatus analyzes that vibration wave, and measures the arrival time of the maximum peak. Using the fact that the time for a wave to propagate between two vibration detection sensors separated by a set interval is fixed, the measurement apparatus determines whether the difference in arrival time between two sensors is within a set reference range that includes the vibration propagation time between two vibration sensors. When the measurement apparatus determines that the difference is not within the set reference range, uses the fact that that wave is delayed compared to the wave that was to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tsubata
  • Patent number: 8478560
    Abstract: A three-wire transformer position sensor is provided that includes an excitation coil and an output coil. The excitation coil is adapted to be electrically excited with an excitation signal, and has a first end and a second end. The output coil includes a first coil and a second coil and is inductively coupled to the excitation coil upon electrical excitation thereof the excitation coil. The first end of the first coil is electrically connected to the second end of the second coil and to the second end of the excitation coil, and the second end of the first coil is electrically connected to the first end of the second coil. The output coil is configured, when it is balanced and the excitation coil is being electrically excited, to supply a null output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Fox, Gene Holden, Robert Franconi
  • Patent number: 8473231
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring the deterioration of a rechargeable battery. A battery monitoring system may be used to store charging information, discharge information and storage information for a rechargeable battery to a data store. The charging information may include a number of charge cycles incurred by the rechargeable battery. The discharge information may include a number discharge cycles incurred by the rechargeable battery. The storage information may include information relating to periods when the rechargeable battery is not being actively charged or discharged. The battery monitoring system may be further used to determine an amount of deterioration of a battery performance characteristic based on the stored charging information, discharge information and storage information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Leonard Trevor Plestid
  • Patent number: 8473220
    Abstract: Methods and devices to detect analyte in body fluid are provided. Embodiments include receiving one or more analyte sensor data, receiving a reference measurement value associated with an analyte level, determining a sensitivity parameter based on the received one or more analyte sensor data and the reference measurement value, performing a probability analysis based on prior analyte sensor data to determine presence of signal attenuation, and generating an output value based on the probability analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Doniger, Erwin Satrya Budiman, Gary Hayter
  • Patent number: 8467995
    Abstract: Disclosed are a universal adapter for the personal health device (PHD) standardization of a non-standardized healthcare device and an operating method thereof. The universal adapter includes: an adapter interface device communicating with a non-standardized healthcare device, which does not follow PHD standardization, to collect measurement data measured by the non-standardized healthcare device; and a universal adapter device receiving the measurement data from the adapter interface device, generating a PHD standard message including the received measurement data, and transmitting the PHD standard message to a PHD gateway according to a PHD standard communication scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Joon Ho Lim, Chan Yong Park, Soo Jun Park, Seon Hee Park
  • Patent number: 8467979
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for providing information to an athlete concerning the efficiency with which the athlete is using energy in moving relative to the ground or some other surface. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of pressure sensors that are associated with a shoe and generate pressure related data. The system further includes a processing system that processes the pressure data produced by the sensors to determine energy efficiency related information and make this information available to the wearer of the shoe so that the wearer can, if needed or desired, takes steps to improve their energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Alluvial Joules, Inc.
    Inventor: Zbigniew S. Sobolewski
  • Patent number: 8467989
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for measuring a clearance (13) between facing surfaces of a first member (11) and a second member (12). The method includes a step (S1) of bringing a pair of probes each having a tip end (14) slightly larger than the clearance (13) into direct contact with the clearance (13) and measuring a separation distance between the two tip ends (14), and a calculating step (S2) of calculating and measuring a clearance value (d1) on the basis of the separation distance between the tip ends (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayuki Sueoka, Hiroshi Yoshida, Tatsumi Otomura, Hiroya Mitsushima
  • Patent number: 8467987
    Abstract: A testing application may be executed on a mobile device associated with a mobile device build and may perform operations comprising: identifying a set of mobile applications designated for testing the mobile device build; for each mobile application in the set of mobile applications: receiving an indication that a user has selected the mobile application for execution; identifying a set of tests associated with the mobile application; for each test in the set of tests: prompting the user to perform an action specified by the test using the mobile application; prompting the user for feedback regarding performance of the action by the mobile application; receiving the feedback from the user; and storing the feedback received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Philip Davidson, Guru Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 8457898
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of a method is disclosed for assessing image quality of a down hole formation image, the method comprising collecting acquisition system data from a plurality of sensors down hole; applying a set of rules to the acquisition system data to obtain an acquisition quality indicator; and presenting the acquisition quality indicator at a surface location. A system is disclosed for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Andreas Hartmann, Oleg N. Akimov, Ansgar Baule, Christian Fulda
  • Patent number: 8457917
    Abstract: A device, a method and a guiding device for setting out contours, points or works, including a computer-controlled measuring device provided with a movable measuring probe and a portable base unit provided with a rotatably supported elongate arm. The measuring probe is connected to the measuring device by means of a cord or a wire via the elongate arm, and the measuring device is provided with sensors for measuring a length or a change in the length of the cord or the wire and rotation of the arm in at least one degree of freedom for providing position data of the measuring probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Holding Prodim Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Dick Teune
  • Patent number: 8457915
    Abstract: A system and method to measure, with increased precision, the transit time position(s) of pulses in a time domain data. An example data set would be the transit time of pulses in Time-Domain Terahertz (TD-THz) data. The precision of the pulse timing directly affects the precision of determined sample properties measurements (e.g., thickness). Additionally, an internal calibration etalon structure and algorithm method provides for continuous system precision/accuracy check method to increase sample measurement integrity. The etalon structure can improve the precision of sample property measurements (e.g., absolute thickness). Various hardware and system implementations of the above are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Picometrix, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. White, Gregory D. Fichter, David Zimdars, Steven Williamson
  • Patent number: 8457907
    Abstract: A compensation device for fluidic oscillation flow meters is provided. The compensation device includes a fluid supply unit, a fluidic oscillator, an electronic valve, a reference tank and a computer. The fluid supply unit supplies fluid into a pipe. The fluidic oscillator generates a characteristic oscillation frequency when the fluid supplied from the fluid supply unit passes through the fluidic oscillator. The electronic valve controls a flow rate of the fluid passing through the fluidic oscillator. The reference tank accumulates and stores the fluid passing through the electronic valve. The computer calculates a characteristic linear compensation coefficient using data about the time for which the fluid had passed through the fluidic oscillator, an oscillation frequency of the fluidic oscillator, a preset flow rate of the electronic valve, and a preset fluid accumulation amount of the reference tank. The computer stores the calculated characteristic linear compensation coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Shindonga Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Moon Young Kim, Young Geun Hong, Hyoung Kee Yang, In Sung Cha
  • Patent number: 8452562
    Abstract: Method and system providing an automated workflow for installing and/or calibrating laboratory equipment. The workflow empowers an end user to perform installation and calibration thereby reducing the costs associated with such activities. The automated workflow taught herein, can greatly reduce the incidence of calibration error by providing for verification of certain events during the calibration process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce E. DeSimas, Leslie A. Dow