Patents Examined by David A. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10591374
    Abstract: A Device for measuring a force applied by a fitting apparatus provided with a threaded rod having an external or internal thread, includes a hydraulic chamber containing a fluid; a piston configured to slide inside the hydraulic chamber; a threaded connector fixed to the piston, the threaded connector having a thread configured in such a way that the threaded rod screws onto the threaded connector, so that the threaded rod can impose an axial force on the piston resulting in travel of the piston in the hydraulic chamber; and a pressure gauge communicating with the hydraulic chamber, configured to measure a pressure inside the hydraulic chamber created by the axial force applied on the piston by the threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: BOLLHOFF OTALU S.A.
    Inventors: David Macchieraldo, Jordi Gargallo, Claude Mattler
  • Patent number: 10583484
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for collecting powder samples in real-time in powder bed fusion additive manufacturing may involves an ingester system for in-process collection and characterizations of powder samples. The collection may be performed periodically and uses the results of characterizations for adjustments in the powder bed fusion process. The ingester system of the present disclosure is capable of packaging powder samples collected in real-time into storage containers serving a multitude purposes of audit, process adjustments or actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SEURAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: James A. DeMuth, Erik Toomre, Francis L. Leard, Kourosh Kamshad, Heiner Fees, Eugene M. Berdichevsky
  • Patent number: 10578470
    Abstract: A method evaluates a frequency spectrum representative of at least one time-dependent signal, the at least one time dependent signal being derived from an output from a measuring device under predetermined measuring device operating conditions. The time-dependent signal, includes a portion being representative of a wanted signal, and a portion being representative of noise. The method includes the steps of determining, based on the frequency spectrum of the signal, a value representative of the noise floor, identifying, based on the frequency spectrum of the signal derived under the predetermined operating condition, a peak component, and if the peak component satisfies a relative peak criterion determined on the basis of the determined value representative of the noise floor, determining the wanted signal by applying a predetermined algorithm. The invention further relates to a method for determining flow of a vortex measuring device, and a vortex sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventor: Ole Hartlev Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10564141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for continuously monitoring the degree of progress of oxidation of a fuel, comprising at least the following steps: determining at least one indicator for the progress of the oxidation reaction to be monitored, measuring the content of said indicator for the progress of the oxidation reaction in said fuel, classifying the degree of progress of oxidation of said fuel, determining the measures to be taken as a function of said classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Maira Alves Fortunato, Arij Ben Amara, Nicolas Jeuland, Laurie Starck
  • Patent number: 10564129
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of testing the mechanical integrity of a cartridge (10) containing a medicament and being arranged inside a drug delivery device (20). The invention also relates to a testing arrangement and to a respective drug delivery device, wherein the method comprises the steps of: acoustically stimulating the cartridge (10), measuring of the cartridge's (10) acoustic response (60) to the acoustic stimulation (32), comparing the acoustic response (60) with a standard response (62) of an intact cartridge (10), and determining the mechanical integrity of the cartridge (10) on the basis of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Hanno Juhnke, Jan-Peter Spengler, Jasmin Groeschke, Anne Boker, Michael Fischer, Matthias Scharf, Michael Schrack, Olaf Zeckai, Jurgen Hemberger
  • Patent number: 10564086
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus includes a concentration measuring unit that measures a particle number concentration of a particle in gas; a humidity measuring unit that measures humidity of a surrounding to which the particle is exposed when the concentration measuring unit measures the particle number concentration; a first case in which the concentration measuring unit and the humidity measuring unit are accommodated, the first case having a first inlet and a first outlet; and a first exhausting unit that exhausts the gas in the first case from the first outlet; wherein the humidity measuring unit is disposed upstream of the concentration measuring unit in a flow path of the gas from the first inlet to the first outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Ryozo Takasu
  • Patent number: 10557781
    Abstract: A bending test device and system for a flexible display device is provided. The bending test device has a bending device. The bending device has a bending shaft, an upper bending plate, and a lower fixing plate. An upper clamping plate is disposed on a surface of the upper bending plate. The upper clamping plate is configured to slide along the surface of the upper bending plate. A lower clamping plate is disposed on a surface of the lower fixing plate. The lower clamping plate is configured to slide along the surface of the lower fixing plate. A first tension measuring element connects to an end of the upper clamping plate. A second tension measuring element connects to an end of the lower clamping plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen Han, Rong Ma, Jichuan Liu
  • Patent number: 10551182
    Abstract: A gas gauge proximity sensor comprising a measurement gas flow channel having an optical pressure sensor for comparing a pressure of the first gas flow and a reference pressure; the optical pressure sensor comprising a first optical cavity fluidly connected to the measurement channel and a second optical cavity fluidly connected to the reference pressure, with the optical cavities being configured to receive electromagnetic radiation and output reflected electromagnetic radiation, the optical pressure sensor further being configured to combine the reflected electromagnetic radiation from the first optical cavity with the reflected electromagnetic radiation from the second optical cavity and determine, based on the combined electromagnetic radiation, a pressure difference between the pressure of the first gas flow and the reference pressure and determine, based on the pressure difference, a distance between the measurement outlet and the measurement object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Tiannan Guan, Joseph Eid Estafanous Zekry
  • Patent number: 10551230
    Abstract: A measuring system, embodied as a clamp-on, ultrasonic, flow measuring device, comprises a tube, or a pipe, having a lumen surrounded by a tube, or pipe, wall, which tube or pipe is adapted to guide a volume portion of the fluid in its lumen; an ultrasonic transducer mounted on the tube, or pipe, on an outside of the tube, or pipe, wall facing away from the lumen, and acoustically coupled via the tube, or pipe, wall to fluid guided in the lumen, and adapted to convert a time varying electrical voltage into ultrasonic waves propagating through the tube, or pipe, wall and further through fluid guided in the lumen; an ultrasonic transducer mounted on the tube, or pipe, separated from the ultrasonic transducer on the outside of the tube, or pipe, wall, and acoustically coupled via the tube, or pipe, wall to fluid guided in the lumen, and adapted to receive ultrasonic waves propagating through fluid guided in the lumen, and further through the tube, or pipe, wall and to transduce such into an electrical voltage va
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Peter Ploss, Stefan Rupitsch, Michael Bezdek, Thomas Frohlich, Beat Kissling
  • Patent number: 10545067
    Abstract: A method and system for testing airtightness of a building envelope (10). An air flow generator (21) is provided that is switchable between at least two different flow rates (Q0,Q1). The air flow generator (21) is repeatedly switched between a first flow rate (Q0) and a second flow rate (Q1) for modulating the building pressure (P1) as a function of time (t) between respective equilibrium pressure values at the first flow rate (Q0) and the second flow rate (Q1). The relative building pressure (?P) is measured by a differential pressure transducer (31) and recorded as a function of time (t). A pressure modulation amplitude (?Pmodulation) is calculated for providing a measure of the airtightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Johan Cornelis Phaff, Wouter Antonius Borsboom, Bastiaan Knoll
  • Patent number: 10545079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable blood viscosity measurement apparatus, and the present invention includes a case portion which is movable and includes an upper case and a lower case which are installed in a foldable manner, a blood sample injection unit that is installed in the upper case, mixes blood in a blood sample container, and automatically supplies the blood, a blood viscosity measurement unit that is installed in the upper case and measures a blood viscosity which is supplied from the blood sample injection unit, and a data processing unit that is installed in the lower case, analyzes a value which is measured by the blood viscosity measurement unit, and calculates blood viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION FOUNDATION CHONBUK NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Donghwan Lee, Jinmu Jung, Jongho Park, Euiho Lee, Uiyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10539549
    Abstract: In a mobile sensing device, a method of detecting blood alcohol content includes receiving time-series gait data from at least one sensor of the mobile sensing device as a user walks and detecting a set of attributes associated with the time-series gait data, each attribute of the set of attributes related to the user's gait. The method includes comparing the set of attributes with a machine learning classification model learned from a training data set of attributes to determine at least one of a blood alcohol content range of the user and an impairment level of the user and outputting a notification associated with the at least one of the blood alcohol content range of the user and the impairment level of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Emmanuel Agu, Christina Aiello
  • Patent number: 10539480
    Abstract: Examples of analyzing data for a distribution pipe network within a fluid distribution system are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a method for analyzing data for a distribution pipe network within a fluid distribution system includes: receiving acoustic data from a plurality of nodes for a plurality of pipe segments; determining a characteristic frequency range for each pipe segment; decomposing the characteristic frequency range into a plurality of frequency sub-bands; building a leak sensitivity model based on the plurality of frequency sub-bands; and implementing a correlation schedule with the plurality of nodes based on a selection of the plurality of frequency sub-bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventor: Valentin Mircea Burtea
  • Patent number: 10534013
    Abstract: A sensor includes a sensor element, a package accommodating the sensor element in an inside of the package, a grounding electrode disposed in the package, a lid covering an opening of the package, and a lead extending from the package. The lead includes first and second portions. The first portion of the lead is electrically connected to the grounding electrode and extends along a side surface of the package with a gap provided between the first portion and the side surface. The second portion of the lead is disposed between the lid and the package and extends toward the inside of the package. In this sensor, the opening can be sealed without soldering and reliably connect the lid to the grounding electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Maegawa, Hideki Ueda, Hideaki Fujiura, Takeshi Uemura, Hiroshi Nakatsuka, Tsuyoshi Sakaue, Rie Okamoto, Shoya Kida
  • Patent number: 10533306
    Abstract: A work vehicle comprises a swingable body. The swingable body is coupled to an undercarriage by a body joint. A boom is coupled to the swingable body by a boom joint. An arm is coupled to the boom by an arm joint. An implement is coupled to the arm by an implement joint. The work vehicle comprises a joint wear device that comprises a first sensor coupled to the swingable body and configured for generating a first signal indicative of an acceleration of the swingable body during a swing motion. A second sensor is coupled to at least one of the boom, the arm, and the implement and configured for generating a second signal indicative of an acceleration of at least one of the boom, the arm, and the implement, respectively, during the swing motion. A controller is coupled to the work vehicle and configured for generating a wear signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Lance R. Sherlock
  • Patent number: 10527534
    Abstract: A method (900, 1000) of determining a vibration response parameter of a vibratory element (104) is provided. The method (900, 1000) includes vibrating the vibratory element (104) at a first frequency with a first drive signal, receiving a first vibration signal from the vibratory element (104) vibrated at the first frequency, measuring a first phase difference, the first phase difference being a phase difference between the first drive signal and the first vibration signal. The method (900, 1000) also includes vibrating the vibratory element (104) at a second frequency with a second drive signal, receiving a second vibration signal from the vibratory element (104) vibrated at the second frequency, measuring a second phase difference, the second phase difference being a phase difference between the second drive signal and the second vibration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig B McAnally, Andrew S Kravitz
  • Patent number: 10520339
    Abstract: A two-dimensional three-degree-of-freedom micro-motion platform structure for high-precision positioning and measurement. Two series flexible hinges are connected in parallel to form a moving pair. One end of the moving pair is fixed, and driving force is applied to the other end. The driving force is amplified by means of a lever to drive the moving pair to translate and rotate. The moving pair drives a first flexible hinge of a platform to rotate, thereby driving the platform to produce corresponding displacement. Four identical moving pairs and four identical first flexible hinges respectively constitute four branch hinges which are different in arrangement; two branch hinges opposite to the platform are in central symmetry and constitute one group, and the four branch hinges are divided into two groups in total.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: NANJING UNIV. OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS, MIRACLE AUTOMATION ENGINEERING CORP. LTD.
    Inventors: Peihuang Lou, Dahong Guo, Xiaoming Qian, Jiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10514332
    Abstract: Systems and methods for profiling a material property are provided. A plurality of measurement devices can be configured to measure at least a portion of the material property. A controller including at least one processor can be in communication with one or more of the plurality of measurement devices. At least one measurement device of the plurality of measurement devices can measure at least one segment of the material property, and at least one additional measurement device of the plurality of measurement devices can measure at least one additional segment of the material property. The at least one segment and the at least one additional segment can be combined to provide at least a partial profile of the material property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Micromeritics Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Preston Hendrix, Samuel Varner
  • Patent number: 10508980
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring nozzle for determining the extensional viscosity of polymer melts during their processing, comprising a flow channel which has a rectangular cross-section and which has a transitional section (3) between an inlet section (1) and an outlet section (2) with respective constant cross-section, which transitional section tapers hyperbolically in the flow direction (8) between two mutually opposite channel walls (6 and 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Miethlinger, Bernhard Löw-Baselli, Hans Jürgen Luger
  • Patent number: 10502671
    Abstract: A viscosity measuring method includes: immersing a plunger into a sample contained in a cylindrical container by an initial depth L0; further immersing the plunger at a velocity vp1 by a distance ?L1, and measuring a force applied to the plunger; obtaining first peak value FT1 and a first convergent value FTe1 of the force; returning the plunger to the initial depth L0; further immersing the plunger at a velocity vp2 by a distance ?L2, and measuring a force applied to the plunger; obtaining a second peak value FT2 and a second convergent value FTe2 of the force; obtaining a flow behavior index n; and calculating an apparent viscosity ?a of the sample based on Expression (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Aohata Corporation
    Inventor: Takayoshi Hoshino