Patents Examined by Francis C Gray
  • Patent number: 11188023
    Abstract: A recovery container includes a container body that is removably attached to an attachment target and that is capable of recovering powder; a projection provided at the container body in a direction intersecting with an attachment direction of the container body and having a slip-off preventing portion that is formed at a portion on a side opposite to an attachment direction side and that is engaged with an engaging part provided at the attachment target; an operation part that is provided at the container body, that has the projection on a surface on a side opposite to a container body side, and that urges the projection away from the container body; and a pushing part that is provided at the container body, that is movable from a first position to a second position located farther from the container body than the first position, and that is capable of pushing the operation part to be away from the container body when moving to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hashimoto, Lei Yuan, Yusuke Sakai, Hirohisa Hoshino
  • Patent number: 11187663
    Abstract: A NEMS readout system includes a sensor array comprising a plurality of sensors. Each sensor of the plurality of sensors including a resonator with frequency characteristics different from the resonator of each other sensor of the plurality of sensors. A readout signal indicative of a plurality of output signals is collected from the sensor array. Each output signal of the plurality of output signals corresponding to one of the plurality of sensors. An analysis of the plurality of output signals is performed to identify a plurality of resonant frequencies and to detect a frequency shift associated with at least one of the plurality of resonant frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael L. Roukes, Chung Wah Fon, Ewa Rej
  • Patent number: 11188019
    Abstract: A power control apparatus includes a voltage detection circuit configured to generate a voltage signal as an analog signal corresponding to a voltage value of AC power supplied from a commercial power supply to a predetermined load, and a current detection circuit configured to generate a current signal as an analog signal corresponding to a current value of the AC power. The power control apparatus further includes an A/D converter configured to convert each of the voltage signal and the current signal into a digital signal, a switch, a signal processor configured to control a switching operation of the switch based on a detection timing for the voltage value and a detection timing for the current value, and a controller configured to control supply of the AC power to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshifumi Kakutani
  • Patent number: 11187676
    Abstract: A device for determining the partial pressure or concentration of a vapor in a volume includes a sensor element that can be caused to oscillate and temperature-controlled to a temperature below the condensation temperature of the vapor. The sensor element has an oscillation frequency that is influenced by a mass accumulation formed by condensed vapor on the sensor surface thereof. The rear side of the sensor element pointing away from the sensor surface contacts a thermal transfer surface of a thermal transfer element. The thermal transfer element is formed from an electrically heatable heating element that is connected to a cooling element in a thermally conductive manner by a thermal dissipation surface, which is different from the thermal transfer surface. The thermal transfer surface extends substantially parallel to the thermal dissipation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: AIXTRON SE
    Inventor: Michael Long
  • Patent number: 11181410
    Abstract: A measurement device for ascertaining a fluid variable relating to a fluid and/or a fluid flow of the fluid, includes a computing device and a sensor module or a plurality of sensor modules for acquiring a respective sensor variable, depending on which the fluid variable can be ascertained by the computing device. The sensor module or the sensor modules is/are connected by at least two wires in each case to respective sensor contacts of the computing device. At least one of the sensor contacts is coupled by a respective capacitance to a reference circuit segment lying at a reference potential, in particular the ground potential, and the reference circuit segment is insulated with respect to direct current from the sensor contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Diehl Metering GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nickl
  • Patent number: 11175192
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a sensor and an overload stop disposed on a surface of the sensor. The sensor has a resilient central region and an outer region surrounding the central region. The overload stop includes a center stop disposed on the central region and a peripheral stop disposed on the outer region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ya-Mei Chen, James Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11169039
    Abstract: A pressure sensor device comprises a device package (110) arranged to define a cavity (116) having an opening for fluid communication with an internal volume thereof. The cavity (116) comprises a side wall (114, 115). An elongate pressure sensor element (100) is provided and has a proximal end (120) and a distal end (122). The side wall (114, 115) is arranged to hold fixedly the proximal end (120) of the pressure sensor element (100) therein so that the pressure sensor element (100) is cantilever-suspended from the side wall (114, 115) within the cavity (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventors: Laurent Otte, Appolonius Jacobus Van Der Wiel, Jian Chen
  • Patent number: 11169468
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a black image carrier that holds toner images of black, a yellow image carrier that holds toner images of yellow, a magenta image carrier that holds toner images of magenta, a cyan image carrier that holds toner images of cyan, at least one spot-color image carrier, and multiple collecting units. The at least one spot-color image carrier holds toner images of a spot color other than black, yellow, magenta, and cyan. Each of the collecting units collects waste toner. The collecting units include a first collecting unit that collects waste toner removed from the black image carrier, and waste toner removed from the spot-color image carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Go Miura, Seigo Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 11163263
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus cartridge includes a coupling member having an axis about which the coupling member is rotatable. The coupling member includes a first end portion operatively connected to a developer roller and a developer supplying roller and a second end portion for receiving a rotational force. The coupling member is movable between a first position in which the axis of the coupling member is substantially parallel to and offset from the axis of the developer roller, a second position in which the axis of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the position of the axis when the coupling member is in the first position, and a third position in which the axis of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the position of the axis when the coupling member is in the first position in a direction opposite to the direction the coupling member is inclined when in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanari Morioka, Shigeo Miyabe, Takahito Ueno
  • Patent number: 11162827
    Abstract: The at least one value is respectively determined from at least one measured value of the sensors (20-29) in a method for determining at least one physical value in a space (10) in which several sensors (20-29) are arranged which are set up to measurer the at least one value, for several positions (30) in the space (10) where there is no sensor (20-29). A system which is set up in order to determine the at least one physical value in the space (10) has several sensors (20-29) which are arranged in the space (10). Furthermore, it has a database, in which information about the space (10) is stored, and a computer which is set up in order to determine the at least one value by means of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Balluff GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Osterfeld, Stephan Langer, Roland Schafer, Albert Dorneich, Andrea Hiller-Brod, Jorg Maier, Jochen Streib
  • Patent number: 11156936
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a developing device forms a toner image on a photoconductive image carrier with toner supplied from a toner cartridge. A toner concentration sensor detects a toner concentration in the developing device. A toner supply motor supplies the toner from the toner cartridge to the developing device based on the toner concentration. A processor detects an empty toner based on a toner supply rate, a print rate of the image data, and toner characteristics that are characteristics of the toner supplied from the toner cartridge to the developing device, the toner supply rate being calculated based on a pixel count value that is an integrated value of pixel values of the image data and a toner supply motor count value that is an integrated value of drive times of the toner supply motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Imamura
  • Patent number: 11150219
    Abstract: Biosensor BS comprising at least one polymer P wherein said polymer P is a copolymer of at least monomer M and at least one ester E of (meth)acrylic acid and polyethylene oxide, wherein said monomer M is different from ester E and has at least one ethylenically unsaturated double bond, wherein polymer P has a surface adsorption SA of at least 200 ng/cm2 on the respective surface where polymer P is deposited, said SA being determined by quartz crystal microbalance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Rupert Konradi, Matthias Kellermeier, Peter Stengel
  • Patent number: 11150120
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a flow ratio controller are provided herein. In some embodiments, a flow ratio controller includes an inlet; a plurality of channels extending from the inlet to a corresponding plurality of outlets; a bypass pipe extending from each channel of the plurality of channels that diverts a small portion of a flow from that channel and then returns the small portion of the flow back to that channel; and a thermal mass flow meter coupled to the bypass pipe having a first temperature sensor, a second temperature sensor, and a heating element disposed therebetween. A controller is configured to determine a flow rate through each of the plurality of channels based on a measured temperature difference between the first temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kutney, Ashley M. Okada
  • Patent number: 11150222
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention relate to methods, systems, and a computer program product for acquiring phased array ultrasonic testing data leveraging a sliding receiver aperture defined according to a principle of acoustic reciprocity. The method includes triggering each of a set of ultrasonic probe elements to pulse as a pulser element. For each pulser element, a respective subset of the ultrasonic probe elements may be defined as the sliding receiver aperture according to a principle of acoustic reciprocity to act as receiver elements to receive response signals. Data corresponding to the respective response signals for each pair of pulser element and receiver element then may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Corp.
    Inventor: Benoit Lepage
  • Patent number: 11143994
    Abstract: An image heating apparatus includes a rotatable endless belt; a rotatable member, a plate-like heater, a holding member, a connector, movable in a first direction and a fixing member. The fixing member is mountable to and dismountable from the connector and the holding member by being moved in a second direction different from the first direction. The fixing member is mountable after the connector is mounted to the heater and the holding member, and the connector is dismountable after the fixing member is dismounted from the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tempei Okanemasa
  • Patent number: 11143985
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first rod movable between a first advanced position separating a first developing roller from a first photosensitive drum and a first retracted position allowing the first developing roller to contact the first photosensitive drum; a second rod movable between a second advanced position separating a second developing roller from a second photosensitive drum and a second retracted position allowing the second developing roller to contact the second photosensitive drum; a first cam shifting between a first pushing state of placing the first rod in the first advanced position and a first push-released state of allowing the first rod to be in the first retracted position; and a second cam shifting between a second pushing state of placing the second rod in the second advanced position and a second push-released state of allowing the second rod to be in the second retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahito Saeki
  • Patent number: 11143623
    Abstract: The present disclosure belongs to the technical field of sensors, relates to a graphene resonant gas sensor, and in particular, to a graphene resonant gas sensor based on doped metal atoms and a preparation process therefor. In the present disclosure, the metal atoms are embedded in a graphene resonant beam, and a transition metal layer may use the doped metal atoms as anchor points to be tightly adsorbed to the surface of the graphene resonant beam, so that the quality of surface contact between the transition metal layer and the graphene resonant beam is improved, and the problems such as low quality and low sensitivity of conventional resonant gas sensors are effectively solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Jiangsu University
    Inventors: Quan Wang, Jiangtao Wang
  • Patent number: 11143535
    Abstract: Provided is a thermal-type flowmeter which can prevent a reduction of flow rate accuracy and reliability, and an increase of cost of the thermal-type flowmeter compared to the related art, and can add a function of an electrostatic scattering mechanism. The thermal-type flowmeter of the present invention includes a sub-passage into which part of a measurement target gas flowing in a main passage is taken, a flow rate detection element of a flow measurement unit which is disposed in the sub-passage, a circuit package which supports the flow rate detection element, and a substrate to which the circuit package is fixed. The flow rate detection element includes a detection surface to detect a flow rate of the measurement target gas. The detection surface is disposed to face the circuit substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Uenodan, Takayuki Yogo, Tsubasa Watanabe, Takahiro Miki, Shinobu Tashiro, Hiroaki Hoshika
  • Patent number: 11143532
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may be directed toward a method, a system, and a computer program product of adaptive calibration of sensors through cognitive learning. In an exemplary embodiment, the method, the system, and the computer program product include (1) in response to receiving a data from at least one calibration sensor and data from an itinerant sensor, comparing the data from the at least one calibration sensor and the data from the itinerant sensor, (2) in response to the comparing, determining, by one or more processors, the accuracy of the itinerant sensor, (3) generating, by the one or more processors, one or more calibration parameters based on the determining and based on a machine learning associated with preexisting sensor information, and (4) executing, by the one or more processors, the one or more calibration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Sun, Ning Duan, Ren Jie Yao, Chun Yang Ma, Peng Ji, Jing Chang Huang, Peng Gao, Zhi Hu Wang
  • Patent number: 11143669
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an inertial measurement unit (IMU) comprises fabricating a plurality of individual MEMS inertial sensor packages at a package level as sealed packages containing a MEMS inertial sensor chip and an integrated circuit electrically connected together. Fabricating the individual MEMS inertial sensor packages comprises forming mechanical interconnect features in each package and assembling the IMU by mechanically interconnecting each individual MEMS inertial sensor package with another individual MEMS inertial sensor package in a mutually orthogonal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Townsend, Michael Terence Durston