Patents Examined by Edward R. Cosimano
  • Patent number: 7933731
    Abstract: A measurement system includes a preexisting sensor, a transducer module installed in the pre-existing sensor including a memory storing information for identifying and operating the transducer, and a control device for communicating with the memory, the control device including a processor for automatically configuring the control device in response to data communicated from the memory and for collecting data from the pre-existing sensor. A method includes installing a transducer module into a preexisting sensor, and communicating between a memory of the transducer and a control device to automatically configure the control device in response to information for identifying and operating the transducer stored in the memory, and for collecting data from the pre-existing sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Omega Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Milton B. Hollander, Michael A. Macchiarelli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7933718
    Abstract: A method for determining fracture geometry of a subterranean formation from radiation emitted from a fracture in the formation, including measuring gamma-radiation emitted from the fracture; subtracting background radiation from the measured gamma-radiation to obtain a peak-energy measurement; comparing the peak-energy measurement with a gamma-ray transport/spectrometer response model; and determining formation fracture geometry of the fracture in accordance with values associated with the response model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. McDaniel, Cody Ryan Peeples, Robin Pierce Gardner
  • Patent number: 7930146
    Abstract: Representations of data inversions are generated by alternate forms of maximum likelihood estimating which are rendered in correspondence with dependent coordinate mappings of path-oriented displacements. The dependent coordinate mappings are alternately considered to represent either path coincident deviations, path-oriented data-point projections. Normal displacements are rendered in normalized coordinates as a shortest distance between respective data samples and successive fitting function approximations. Deficiencies in representing likelihood as related to nonlinearities and heterogeneous precision are compensated by essential weighting of respectively mapped path-oriented displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Larry S. Chandler
  • Patent number: 7925454
    Abstract: A process for determining a remaining useful life for a turbine airfoil that suffers from erosion or corrosion damage in order to reuse a component that still has acceptable remaining life. The process includes the steps of removing the damaged component, scanning the damaged component with an optical scanner such as a white light scanner to produce a 3D solid model of the damaged component, scanning a new component to produce a 3D solid model of the undamaged component, comparing the two 3D solid models to determine the amount of damage on the damaged component, determining the length of time the damaged component was used and the temperature at which it was exposed, and analyzing the 3D solid model of the damaged component to determine how much longer the part can be used before the component will suffer critical damage or the engine will suffer unacceptable performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R Narcus
  • Patent number: 7925471
    Abstract: Brings the response time of a Web server and the like closer to a targeted value. A controller controlling the average response time elapsed between reception by information processing apparatus of a processing request and response of information processing apparatus to the processing request. The controller including: a section for obtaining a response time goal which is a target value of the average response time; a section for calculating a predicted response time which is a predicted value of the average response time at the time point when a predetermined reference period has elapsed from setting an operation mode in the information processing apparatus, the operation mode being any of a plurality of operation modes which provide different throughputs; and a section for setting the operation mode in the information processing apparatus if predicted response time calculated by the predicted response time calculating section is less than goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Nakaike, Hideaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 7920973
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to a method of measuring the vibration of an aircraft engine. One embodiment herein provides an engine monitoring system either connected to and/or positioned in close proximity to an aircraft engine. Also provided is a clearance measuring device within the engine monitoring system. The clearanceometer collects clearance data that is later converted into vibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Edward Mollmann, Tod R. Steen
  • Patent number: 7917327
    Abstract: Two robotic arms roam in separate, non-overlapping areas of a test station, avoiding collisions. A traveling buffer moves along x-tracks between a front position and a back position. In the front position, a first robotic arm loads IC chips from an input tray or stacker into buffer cavities in the traveling buffer. The traveling buffer then moves along the x-tracks to the back position, where a second robotic arm moves chips from the traveling buffer to test boards for testing. After testing, the second robotic arm moves chips to a second traveling buffer, which then moves along tracks to a front position for unloading by the first robotic arm. Two traveling buffers may move on the same tracks in a loop. The buffer cavities in the traveling buffer move on internal tracks to expand and contract spacing and pitch between the front and back positions to match test-board pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Kingston Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Ramon S. Co, Tat Leung Lai, Calvin G. Leong
  • Patent number: 7912679
    Abstract: An optical metrology model is created for a structure formed on a semiconductor wafer. The optical metrology model comprises one or more profile parameters, one or more process parameters, and dispersion. A dispersion function is obtained that relates the dispersion to at least one of the one or more process parameters. A simulated diffraction signal is generated using the optical metrology model and a value for the at least one of the process parameters and a value for the dispersion. The value for the dispersion is calculated using the value for the at least one of the process parameter and the dispersion function. A measured diffraction signal of the structure is obtained. The measured diffraction signal is compared to the simulated diffraction signal. One or more profile parameters of the structure and one or more process parameters are determined based on the comparison of the measured diffraction signal to the simulated diffraction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shifang Li, Hanyou Chu
  • Patent number: 7912675
    Abstract: A system for analyzing steam trap data includes a steam trap monitoring device operable to monitor a parameter of a steam trap, transform the parameter into data, and transmit the data to a computer; and includes a computer operable to receive the data, the computer including an algorithm for evaluating the data. A method of analyzing steam trap data includes the steps of: providing a steam trap monitoring device operable to monitor a parameter of a steam trap, transform the parameter into data, and transmit data to a computer, and providing a computer operable to receive the data, the computer including an algorithm for evaluating the data; using the steam trap monitoring device to monitor a parameter of a steam trap, transform the parameter into data, and transmit the data to the computer; and using the computer to receive the data, and evaluate the data with the algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Armstrong International, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom D Quake, Robert H Kerr, Rex Cheskaty, Michael P Helman, Michael H Gaines
  • Patent number: 7908121
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program is used to determine a linear track having a good fit to a most likely or expected path of charged particle passing through a charged particle detector having a plurality of drift cells. Hit signals from the charged particle detector are associated with a particular charged particle track. An initial estimate of time zero is made from these hit signals and linear tracks are then fit to drift radii for each particular time-zero estimate. The linear track having the best fit is then searched and selected and errors in fit and tracking parameters computed. The use of large and expensive fast detectors needed to time zero in the charged particle detectors can be avoided by adopting this method and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Jesse Andrew Green
  • Patent number: 7908106
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for precisely correcting position and attitude information of a camera by analyzing image information received through a three line scanner in operation of the camera obtaining the position and attitude information from a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and an Inertial Navigation System (INS), and a method thereof. The method for correcting position and attitude information of a camera includes the steps of: a) calculating the position of the camera by using the GNSS; b) calculating the attitude of the camera by using the INS; c) generating the position and attitude correction information of the camera by analyzing an image received through a three line scanner mounted in the camera; and d) receiving a feedback of the position and attitude correction information in the GNSS and the INS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Seong-Ik Cho
  • Patent number: 7904254
    Abstract: For applications in a facility where a power conversion apparatus is frequently started and stopped, a power conversion apparatus and a power cycle longevity estimation method are provided which improve an ease of use of the facility. The power conversion apparatus comprises power conversion circuits to supply ac power of variable voltage and variable frequency, a detection circuit to detect a temperature of the power semiconductor in the power conversion circuits, and a computation device to calculate a power cycle longevity of the power semiconductor based on a maximum temperature rise detected by the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ibori, Tomoya Kamezawa, Jiangming Mao, Masayuki Hirota, Masahiro Hiraga
  • Patent number: 7899630
    Abstract: A metering device of a power substation and method are provided for operating on a secondary analog waveform output by a transformer assembly receiving a primary waveform. The method includes stepping down the secondary waveform and generating a corresponding output signal; operating on the corresponding output signal for generating a corresponding first digital signal having a value proportional to the corresponding output signal and within a first range; and operating on the corresponding output signal for generating a corresponding second digital signal having a value proportional to the corresponding output signal and within a second range. The method further includes processing the first digital signal and outputting a corresponding first output signal; processing the second digital signal and outputting a corresponding second output signal; processing the first and second output signals; and generating output corresponding to the processing of the first and second output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventor: Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 7899635
    Abstract: A sampling inspection method is provided. The sampling inspection method is adapted for a multi-product production line including a plurality of tools. The sampling inspection method includes the steps of: providing a tool record, which records a sampling data of each of the tools; then checking each sampling data recorded in the tool record, and finding out at least one unsampled tool from the tools; then defining a plurality of product lots as being performed with process operations by at least one of the at least one unsampled tool; and determining at least one of the product lots for performing a sampling inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Kai-Ping Huang, Sung-Lin Tsai, Michael Kian Ann Wee, Boon-Wah Chong
  • Patent number: 7899648
    Abstract: A system for determining a region searched (3003, 5001, 5002, 7002, 7003, 8001, 8002, 8003) by a moving scent detector (201) in the presence of wind, said moving scent detector having pre-calibrated scent capabilities, the system comprises: positioning means (101) attached to the moving scent detector for determining a trajectory (3001) followed by the moving scent detector; scent pattern obtainment means for obtaining an oriented scent pattern (2003, 3002, 4001); and, combination means arranged for combining said trajectory and said oriented scent pattern to obtain the region searched by said moving scent detector. The invention also relates to a method for determining a region searched by a moving scent detector in the presence of wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: GMV Aerospace and Defense S.A.
    Inventors: Jose Caro Ramon, Manuel Toledo Lopez
  • Patent number: 7895017
    Abstract: A system may include acquisition of power information from a signal line in accordance with a first signal characteristic. The power information is associated with power generated by a solar collector, and the first signal characteristic is substantially orthogonal to a corresponding signal characteristic of at least one noise source associated with the signal line. In some aspects, a solar tracking error associated with the solar collector is determined based on the acquired power information, a servo feedback signal is determined based on the acquired power information, and determination of the solar tracking error includes determination of the solar tracking error based on the servo feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Solfocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark McDonald, Stephen J. Horne
  • Patent number: 7895003
    Abstract: Vibration protection in a compressor system with a variable speed compressor may include operating a variable speed compressor at a plurality of frequencies, measuring a plurality of vibration values associated with the plurality of frequencies, determining a frequency characteristic of the compressor system based on the plurality of vibration values, and identifying prohibited compressor frequencies based on the frequency characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Luc M. Caillat
  • Patent number: 7895009
    Abstract: This disclosure provides for an impression scanner system having improved calibration having a housing and a calibration plate of known geometry. The calibration plate has a plurality of different shapes thereon. The system also has a radiation source for emitting radiation towards the shapes on the plate and a surface for reflecting images created by the radiation on the shapes. A sensor for receiving the images of the shapes as the plate moves relative to the housing is also provided. A processor compares known geometry of the plate to the images received by the sensor and calibrates the sensor based upon the known geometry and images to reduce system aberration and distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Amfit, Inc.
    Inventors: Arjen Sundman, Jeffery L. Davis
  • Patent number: 7890265
    Abstract: A method of filtering at least two series of seismic data representative of the same zone, the method including the step of determining an estimate of the component that is common to the data series, and the step of deducing from this estimate a resolution of the data series. The method is applicable to 4D seismic surveying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Cggveritas Services SA
    Inventor: Thierry Coleou
  • Patent number: 7890288
    Abstract: A method and system for optimizing a test plan of an Integrated Circuit (IC). The test plan includes two or more test sequences. A test sequence includes the measurement of a parameter of the IC. The total test time of the IC is reduced by performing one or more activities during a desired wait time associated with the measurement of the parameter. The test plan may be further optimized by modifying the one or more activities performed during the desired wait time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Anadigics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Raneri