Patents Examined by Francis C Gray
  • Patent number: 12000819
    Abstract: A gas concentration prediction method which includes: step 1 of exposing a gas to a specimen A which contains a liquid containing a compound, and to a specimen B which includes a liquid containing the compound in a concentration lower than the concentration of the compound in the specimen A, under the same conditions X, and step 2 of measuring a gas concentration a in the specimen A obtained in step 1, and a gas concentration b in the specimen B obtained in step 1, to obtain a coefficient ? by calculating the relationship between a and b based on the calculation equation ?=a/b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Ikumi Ikejima, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Kohei Sawada
  • Patent number: 12000821
    Abstract: Methods of evaluating mixing are disclosed relating to the preparation and mixing of materials. Materials prepared may transition from heterogeneous mixtures to homogenous mixtures while the current of a motor is monitored. Quantities relating to the rate of change of power or the rate of change of entropy may be calculated in evaluating the sufficiency of mixing. Methods of evaluating lubricant degradation are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Bd. of Supervisors of La. St. Univ. & A&MCollege
    Inventors: Michael M. Khonsari, Lijesh Koottaparambil
  • Patent number: 12000855
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to apparatus, systems, and methods for characterizing fluid-solid systems. In an embodiment, a method includes placing a porous rock sample in a core holder, contacting the porous rock sample with a fluid to create a fluid-solid system inside the core holder, automatically adjusting a temperature and/or pressure of the fluid-solid system to a preselected value via a processor and at least one automated valve, monitoring the fluid-solid system for equilibrium, recording a value for temperature, pressure, and/or mass of the fluid-solid system, performing an action based on the recorded data, and repeating the adjusting, monitoring, recording, and performing operations to produce a thermodynamic data characteristic of the fluid-solid system. In one example, the performing operation includes analyzing a pressure signal for stationarity by performing an Augmented Dickey-Fuller (ADF) test and/or a Kwiatkowski-Phillips-Schmidt-Shin (KPSS) test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Rami Alloush, Mohammad Piri, Evan W. Lowry
  • Patent number: 11994498
    Abstract: A marine climate environment-bending load collaborative acceleration test method is provided, including conducting a static bending load loading test in an outdoor marine climate environment, conducting an alternate cycle of a dynamic bending load loading test in the outdoor marine climate environment and a test in the outdoor marine climate environment, and conducting an alternate cycle of the dynamic bending load loading test and the static bending load loading test in the outdoor marine climate environment. In the present disclosure, an acceleration rate of the marine climate environment-bending load collaborative acceleration test reaches over 8 times that of the test in the outdoor marine climate environment by taking the maximum bending force as an evaluation index, which may achieve a change from a static test to a static and dynamic combined test for examining and evaluating the environmental adaptability of the metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Laizheng Luo, Shuai Wu, Kun Zhou, Xiaohui Wang
  • Patent number: 11994341
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for preparing a cryogenic sample, whereby the sample is subjected to rapid cooling using a cryogen. A pair of conduits for transporting cryogenic fluid are provided, each of which conduits opens out into a mouthpiece, which mouthpieces are arranged to face each other across an intervening gap, wherein in said gap a sample that is provided on a substantially planar sample carrier can be received. Cryogenic fluid can be pumped through said conduits so as to concurrently flush from said mouthpieces and suddenly immerse the sample in cryogenic fluid from two opposite sides. As defined herein, at least one of said mouthpieces comprises at least two nozzle openings for evenly cooling said substantially planar sample carrier during said flushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventors: Maarten Kuijper, Hervé Remigy, Mathijs Petrus Wilhelmus Van Den Boogaard, Adrian Koh, Ivanka Spee, John Hazenberg, Marius Van Der Does
  • Patent number: 11996736
    Abstract: An embodiment may provide a sensing device including a stator including a stator tooth and a rotor including a magnet, wherein the stator tooth includes a first stator tooth and a second stator tooth disposed inside the first stator tooth, the first stator tooth includes a plurality of first teeth, the second stator tooth includes a plurality of second teeth, the first tooth overlaps the second tooth in a radial direction from a center of the stator, the stator includes a stator holder and a stator body which is coupled to the stator holder and on which the first stator tooth and the second stator tooth are disposed, the stator body includes a protrusion, and the protrusion is in contact with a lower end of the first stator tooth or a lower end of the second stator tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung Chul Woo, Sung Min Kim
  • Patent number: 11988540
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a probe configured to provide at least a portion of capacitance of an inductance-capacitance (LC) circuit of a detection circuit, the capacitance of the LC circuit being dependent on a distance between the probe and a surface of a liquid in a biochemical analysis system. The apparatus includes a movement mechanism configured to move the probe. The apparatus includes circuitry configured to perform operations that include causing the movement mechanism to move the probe with respect to the liquid; measuring one or more characteristics of an output signal of the detection circuit, the one or more characteristics being dependent on the capacitance of the LC circuit; and detecting, based on the one or more characteristics of the output signal, a contact between the probe and the surface of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Instrumentation Laboratory Co.
    Inventors: Reed Hebert, Benjamin Newton, Len Merrill
  • Patent number: 11982580
    Abstract: For improving the sensitivity, lifetime and energy consumption of a dielectric elastomer transducer (1) to be used as a sensor, it is suggested that a dielectric layer (3) enclosed by two electrodes (2) of the transducer (1) includes a nanoscale volume of a fluid (15) such that the dielectric layer (3) is rendered compressible and/or displaceable out of a volume enclosed by the two electrodes (2). The advantage of such a design is that, although the dielectric layer (3) and possible buffer layers (4) separating the electrodes (2) from the dielectric layer (3) may all have thicknesses in the order of a few ?m or even in the sub-?m range, the transducer (1) is rendered highly compliant due to the movability of the fluid (15). In consequence, a large nominal capacitance of the transducer (1) as well as a large relative capacitance change (up to twenty times that of the nominal capacitance) can be achieved in conjunction with a very high sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Universität Basel Vizerektorat Forschung
    Inventors: Tino Topper, Bekim Osmani, Bert Mueller
  • Patent number: 11982641
    Abstract: The method for examining a clinched portion of a tubular body includes the steps of: giving an elastic vibration to a clinched body 90 formed by clinching a tubular body 91 with a clinch-target member 92; and acquiring, for each of a plurality of view areas 95 which differ from each other in the position in the circumferential direction of the tubular body 91, a vibration distribution optically and simultaneously measured within the view area 95 including a clinched portion 93 of the tubular body 91 and the clinch-target member 92, to determine whether or not the state of clinching is satisfactory over the entire clinched portion 93.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignees: SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahide Hatahori, Kenji Takubo, Koki Yoshida, Yoshihaya Imamura
  • Patent number: 11975491
    Abstract: A system for predicting one or more analytes based on outputs from thin film gas sensors is provided. The system may comprise an electronic nose (e-nose). The e-nose may comprise the gas sensors and a first processor. The system may further comprise a second processor. The second processor may be configured to receive the output from each of the gas sensors, evaluate a prediction accuracy using an evaluation parameter of each of a plurality of models which are trained and tested and select a model from among the plurality of models to deploy based on a comparison of the evaluation parameter for each of the plurality of models and use the same. The second processor may also receive, an output of each of the gas sensors caused by unknown one or more analytes; and predict, using the deployed model, the one or more analytes that causes the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Ilia N. Ivanov, Eric S. Muckley, Nicholas West
  • Patent number: 11979124
    Abstract: A charge amplifier includes: an input line thorough which an electric charge signal is propagated; an integration circuit including an input terminal coupled to the input line and an output terminal that outputs the voltage signal; a reset switch configured to reset the voltage signal by closing between the input terminal and the output terminal; a leakage current correction circuit including a first resistance circuit and a first switch coupled in series in this order between a first node, which has a first potential different from a potential of the input line, and the input line; and a control circuit configured to control the first switch based on the voltage signal so as to cancel at least a part of a leakage current flowing through the integration circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Noriyuki Osumi
  • Patent number: 11966193
    Abstract: A cartridge includes a photosensitive drum rotatable about an axis of the photosensitive drum and a gear at least a part of which is uncovered to outside of the cartridge and faces an axis of the photosensitive drum, with the gear being positioned at a first side of the cartridge in an axial direction of the photosensitive drum. A lever is movable between a first position and a second position such that an end of the lever is movable toward and away from the gear and the axis of the photosensitive drum. The cartridge also includes a frame supporting the photosensitive drum, the lever, and the development roller, with the frame including a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion at the first side of the cartridge, and the first projecting portion and the second projecting portion projecting away from a second side of the cartridge that is opposite to the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Goshi Ozaki, Ryota Shibuya
  • Patent number: 11960238
    Abstract: A drive transmission device includes a drive train including a plurality of drive transmitters, and a container. The plurality of drive transmitters of the drive train transmit a driving force of a drive source to a rotator rotatable around a shaft and a swing member rotatable around a shaft different from the shaft of the rotator. The container contains the drive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Tomita, Ryohhei Ohya
  • Patent number: 11959845
    Abstract: Cryogenic device analysis systems are provided that can include: a cold source within a first vacuum chamber; a cryogenic device mount within a second vacuum chamber, wherein the first and second vacuum chambers are separated by a vacuum barrier; a first thermal conduit extending from the cold source through the vacuum barrier to the sample mount; a first thermal switch along the first thermal conduit and operatively aligned between the cold source and the vacuum barrier. Methods for performing analysis of a cryogenic device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Montana Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Doherty, Benjamin Hardesty
  • Patent number: 11959932
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an automatic analyzing apparatus includes a probe and a liquid level detector. The liquid level detector is electrically connected to the probe and detects contact between the probe and a liquid surface, wherein the liquid level detector comprises an adjuster configured to adjust electrostatic capacitance of one or more capacitors for circuitry for use in liquid level detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo Okamoto, Naoto Sato, Reiko Maruyama, Masaaki Saitou, Atsushi Hosooka, Tamaki Honda
  • Patent number: 11953853
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a drive source, an object configured to be driven by the drive source, and a drive transmission mechanism including a driving member, a driven member, an intermediate member, an urging member, and an actuating portion. The intermediate member is configured to move in an axial direction. The intermediate member includes a shaft portion extending in the axial direction, and a positioning portion configured to determine a position of the driven member in a direction orthogonal to the axis. The shaft portion includes a receiving portion configured to receive a force. The receiving portion is positioned inward of the positioning portion in a radial direction of rotation of the intermediate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Watanabe, Osamu Sasaoka, Akinori Yokota, Masafumi Maeda
  • Patent number: 11950624
    Abstract: A test system and a test method for a lip sticking force of tipping paper for cigarettes are provided. The test system includes an artificial lip and test equipment. The artificial lip is a silica gel block. The test equipment includes a friction meter testing platform, a force measuring sensor, a rigid rope, a pulley, a pulley bracket and a sample loading module. The pulley is installed on the pulley bracket, and the rigid rope slides in the pulley. The rigid rope is L-shaped, a first end of the rigid rope in a horizontal direction is connected to the force measuring sensor, and a second end of the rigid rope in a vertical direction is connected to the sample loading module. The artificial lip is located directly below the sample loading module, and the artificial lip is in contact with the sample loading module at a test position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Ji Yang, Ze Liu, Qianxu Yang, Shiyun Tang, Zhenjie Li, Kai Wu, Chunbo Liu, Ruizhi Zhu, Xiaoxi Si, Wei Jiang
  • Patent number: 11953417
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising, a monolithic crystal comprising a substrate portion and at least one oscillator; a first electrode provided at a first location of the oscillator; a second electrode provided at a second location of the oscillator; a gap separating the oscillator from the substrate portion, exposing a side surface of the oscillator; and one or more tethers that extend across the gap so that the oscillator is supported by the substrate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: John D. Kim, Flavio Pardo, Sina Moradian
  • Patent number: 11946375
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a rock anchor with condition monitoring for determining tensions or deformations in form of a conductor trace which is applied on an anchor body, whose electrical resistance changes proportionally with respect to the tension/deformation. The conductor trace may consist of an electrically conductive ink which is directly applied on the anchor body by a printing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Susanne Feiel, Wolfgang Kern, Thomas Griesser, Peter Moser
  • Patent number: 11946371
    Abstract: A method for customizing non-destructive testing is provided and includes receiving, by a non-destructive testing (NDT) device, a stock application. The method further includes the device performing a stock NDT function in response to execution of the stock application. The stock NDT function can include a first device manipulation, a first NDT data acquisition by a device sensor, a first analysis employing data acquired by the first NDT data acquisition, or a first NDT output. The method additionally includes the device receiving a custom application after receipt of the stock application. The method also includes the device performing a custom NDT function, different from the stock NDT functions, and including at least one of a second device manipulation, a second NDT data acquisition by a sensor of the device, a second analysis employing data acquired by the second NDT data acquisition, or a second NDT output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Coombs, Matthew W. Pankow