Patents Examined by Gail Kaplan Verbitsky
  • Patent number: 11226243
    Abstract: Temperature-sensor calibrating method enables a wireless-data-communicating wearable clinical thermometer to be reused. The thermometer's temperature sensor, for sensing and measuring a target subject's body temperature, is detachable from/reattachable into a main unit of the thermometer. The temperature sensor is calibrated whenever it is to be swapped out, making thermometer main unit post-multicycle-use disposable. The calibration is accomplished by sampling and acquiring a base resistance value per the temperature sensor, computing, based on the difference between the acquired base resistance value and a resistance value gauged with a standard temperature gauge, a calibration coefficient, storing the calibration coefficient in a measuring-device storage medium, and transmitting the calibration coefficient to the thermometer main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Try and E Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 11226301
    Abstract: A thermographic examination device for non-destructive examination of a near-surface structure at a test object includes a heating device for applying heat energy to a surface region to be heated of the test object; a thermal sensor device for detecting a time profile, following the application of heat energy, of a spatial temperature distribution on a surface region to be measured of the test object, the surface region to be measured including the surface region to be heated as well as an outer surface region to be measured which is adjacent to the surface region to be heated; and an evaluator for evaluating the time profile of the spatial temperature distribution so as to detect at least one parameter of the near-surface structure at the surface region to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Jens Doege
  • Patent number: 11215598
    Abstract: Sensor stations and related systems and methods to monitor and measure properties of food products in food processing structures such as cure rooms, smokehouses, ovens, and related structures. The sensor stations allow real-time, local collection of product properties and their surrounding environmental conditions in order to improve efficiency, reduce product waste and guesswork, and to provide data-based analysis for decision making. Sensor stations can be mounted to food supports and can be in electronic communication with each other and with intermediate nodes that provide a connection to other external computing devices that provide analysis and alerts to users and technicians. Various non-destructive modeling systems for determining water activity and pH of changing products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: METER GROUP, INC. USA
    Inventors: Takuya Ohki, Zach Campbell, Scott H. Campbell, Gaylon S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 11215509
    Abstract: A method and an infrared measuring system for determining a temperature distribution of a surface without contact includes an infrared detector array with a detector array substrate and respective pluralities of measuring pixels and reference pixels. The measuring pixels are each connected to the detector array substrate with a first thermal conductivity, are sensitive to infrared radiation, and each provide a measurement signal for determining a temperature measurement value that depends on the intensity of the incident infrared radiation. The reference pixels are each connected to the detector array substrate with a second thermal conductivity and each provide a measurement signal for determining a temperature measurement value. The reference pixels are implemented as blind pixels that are substantially insensitive to infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Frank, Volkmar Senz, Michael Badeja, Axel Rumberg, Michael Krueger, Helge Dittmer
  • Patent number: 11215573
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides devices and methods for diagnosing, monitoring the disease progression of, and/or evaluating the risk for developing a disease by detecting thermostable variants of proteins and/or metabolites in biological samples using differential scanning calorimetry. Also disclosed herein are methods for monitoring the efficacy of a particular therapeutic regimen in patients in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Jamlet Monaselidze
  • Patent number: 11209333
    Abstract: A flow detector for detecting flow rates of fluid in pipes by measuring the temperature of the pipe and the ambient temperature and determining from the signals whether there is a flow in the pipe, by the shape of the temperature signals without providing any heat input to the pipe or fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: HomeServe plc
    Inventor: Samuel Bailey
  • Patent number: 11209316
    Abstract: A method of determining a temperature of a subject while not in physical contact with the subject. The method includes providing an infrared sensor oriented to receive the infrared radiation emanating from a subject and to generate at least one output that corresponds to the received infrared radiation, providing a processor to process the at least one output into a computed temperature of the subject, adjusting the computer temperature based on an emissivity of the subject, the emissivity determined at least in part by a luminance value based at least in part on an image of the subject providing a memory module to store a first plurality of computed temperatures in a predetermined sequence, and selecting a first maximum from among the first plurality of computed temperatures. A display is provided to display the temperature of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Thermowand Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Johnson
  • Patent number: 11204288
    Abstract: A triple point immersion cell article determines a triple point of a non-metallic analyte and includes: a first cryochamber including a first cryo-zone; a second cryochamber including a second cryo-zone that is: nested and disposed in the first cryochamber; and thermally isolated by the first cryochamber; a third cryochamber including a third cryo-zone, the third cryochamber being: nested and disposed in the second cryochamber; thermally isolated from the exterior environment by the first cryochamber and the second cryochamber; and thermally isolated from the first cryochamber by the second cryochamber; and a fourth cryochamber including a fourth cryo-zone disposed in the third cryochamber; a triple-point pressure vessel disposed in the fourth cryochamber; and a thermowell disposed in the triple-point pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Weston Leo Tew, Jr., Jay Robert Nanninga
  • Patent number: 11187596
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for determining and/or monitoring temperature of a medium, comprising at least one temperature sensor having at least one sensor element, an electronics unit, an input unit, and a display unit. The electronics unit is embodied to determine and/or to monitor at least the temperature of the medium and to detect whether the temperature sensor is immersed at least partially in at least one comparison medium with known comparison temperature. When the temperature sensor is immersed in a comparison medium the electronics unit performs a comparison measurement for calibrating and/or validating the sensor element. The temperature of the comparison medium is determined in the form of a comparison temperature measured value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Wetzer GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Alfred Umkehrer, Pavo Vrdoljak
  • Patent number: 11187586
    Abstract: A temperature sensing device comprising a housing including a display, an extension at least 1.5 inches long extending from the housing, a temperature sensor, and a connector from the sensor to the housing for transmitting the output to the housing. The extension has a proximal section at the housing and an opposed distal section, the distal section being movable relative to the housing. The temperature sensor is at the distal section of the extension for sensing the temperature of a target material and providing an output related to the temperature of the target material. Optionally, the device includes a thermal insulator at the distal section of the extension protecting the temperature sensor from heat from the target material. Optionally, the device includes a light source at the distal section of the extension for aiming the sensor at the target material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Wynick, Bryan Berc, Cody Johnson, John Lichtbach, Andrew Habedank, Samuel L. Morris, III
  • Patent number: 11181427
    Abstract: Provided herein is a differential temperature sensor which utilizes multiple temperature sensors to quickly and accurately calculate ambient fluid temperature with a reduced response time. The provided systems and methods utilize a first fluid temperature sensor and a second probe temperature sensor to account for the thermal impact of the device on the ambient fluid temperature and the effect of heat within the device, or temperature difference between the probe and fluid temperature, on the first fluid temperature sensor measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: In-Situ, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Kimbell, Elijah Lyle Scott, Nathan T. Baltz
  • Patent number: 11171640
    Abstract: A system comprises a gate driver that is configured to couple to a transistor disposed in a transistor module via a first pin. The gate driver comprises a duty cycle measurement circuit having a first input terminal and a first output terminal, the first input terminal coupled to a second pin via an isolator. The duty cycle measurement circuit comprises a flip-flop, a counter, a shift register, and a comparator. The system comprises an analog to digital converter circuit having a second input terminal, a second output terminal, and a reference terminal, the second input terminal coupled to a third pin configured to couple to a temperature-sensitive device disposed in the transistor module, the second output terminal coupled to a fourth pin via the isolator, and the reference terminal coupled to the first output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Xiong Li, Toru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11171276
    Abstract: A thin-film thermocouple probe includes a columnar substrate, a tungsten-26% rhenium film and an indium oxide (In2O3) film. A side surface of the columnar substrate is provided with a first straight groove and a second straight groove. The tungsten-26% rhenium film is arranged on a front end surface of the columnar substrate and in the first straight groove. The indium oxide film is arranged on the front end surface of the columnar substrate and in the second straight groove. The indium oxide film on the front end surface of the columnar substrate is connected to the tungsten-26% rhenium film on the front end surface of the columnar substrate. A first metal lead wire is connected to the tungsten-26% rhenium film, and a second metal lead wire is connected to the indium oxide film. A method of preparing the thin-film thermocouple probe is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Xi'an Jiaotong University
    Inventors: Bian Tian, Zhongkai Zhang, Yan Liu, Zhaojun Liu, Jiangjiang Liu, Cunfeng Wang, Peng Shi, Qijing Lin, Zhuangde Jiang
  • Patent number: 11160420
    Abstract: A stirring or mixing device is configured to optionally receive a cooking thermometer along a vertical edge such that acts of mixing, stirring, and/or even scraping foodstuff within a food preparation receptacle may be performed simultaneously with measuring temperature of such foodstuff. The device comprises a handle and stirring or mixing head defining a receiving channel configured to elastically retain an elongated thermometer probe. In addition, the device may define cutouts operative to expose portions of a retained probe to direct contact with foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew McCormack
  • Patent number: 11154203
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of systems and methods that utilize temperature measurements taken with head-mounted sensors as well as images of a user's face to detect fever and/or intoxication. One embodiment of a system to detect fever includes a first head-mounted temperature sensor that measures skin temperature (Tskin) at a first region on a user's head, a second head-mounted temperature sensor that measures a temperature of the environment (Tenv), and a computer. The computer receives images of a second region on the user's face, captured by a camera sensitive to wavelengths below 1050 nanometer, and calculates, based on the images, values indicative of hemoglobin concentrations at three or more regions on the user's face. The computer can then detect whether the user has a fever based on Tskin, Tenv and the values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Ari M Frank, Arie Tzvieli, Ori Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 11143560
    Abstract: Various embodiments include an electronic circuit for driving a thermocouple element comprising: contact electrodes for connecting cold-end electrodes of the thermocouple element; and a measurement circuit to measure a thermo-voltage generated by the thermocouple element. One of the electrodes is connected to a supply voltage and a ground potential over a voltage divider having resistors with pre-defined resistance values such that a common mode voltage between the contact electrode and the ground potential is in a pre-defined range. If a leakage resistance effective between the contact electrode and the ground potential is greater than a pre-defined threshold, a processor compares the common mode voltage to the pre-defined range and generates a calibration value for the measurement circuitry if the common mode voltage is outside the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Pierre Scotto
  • Patent number: 11137293
    Abstract: A wound electrical component includes a wound body comprising a plurality of wound layers of an electrically insulating material around a longitudinal axis of the body. The component also includes at least one printed electronics sensor consisting of printed circuits on a flexible substrate. Each sensor is interleaved between two of the wound layers of the wound body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Andrew Maxwell, Cecilia Forssen, Joachim Schiessling
  • Patent number: 11134321
    Abstract: A probe used with food preparation, rethermalization, storage, transportation, and/or service includes a head portion with a display, and a shaft portion that is coupled to the head portion and is configured to be at least partially immersed in a foodstuff. The probe further includes a sensing unit configured to collect data including the temperature of the foodstuff and a wireless device configured to transmit data collected by the sensing unit to a supervisory control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brian Hedlund, Jill Hundley, Rebecca J. Schreiber-Pethan, Peter Roever, Jeremiah Kopiness
  • Patent number: 11125622
    Abstract: Wearable devices (100) capable of measuring a core body temperature and other vital signs of a user in a range of situations are described herein. The wearable device is arranged to be retained within the ear canal of the ear, in order to prevent the wearable device from inadvertently removing itself from the ear. Providing an infrared thermopile (101) at the innermost end of the ear insert ensures that the infrared thermopile is provided as close as possible to the tympanic membrane which will be used to provide an indication of the core body temperature. The device has an audio conduction channel (111) at least partly defined within an ear canal extending member (114), the audio conduction channel configured as a waveguide to conduct sound through a blocking member (212) to a distal portion of the ear insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Leon Marsh
  • Patent number: 11125628
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a technique of duplexing monitor circuits in which a common cause failure can be eliminated. A semiconductor device has: a first monitor circuit monitoring that temperature or voltage of the semiconductor device is within a normal operation range; and a second monitor circuit monitoring normal operation of the first monitor circuit. The first and second monitor circuits generate information of temperature or voltage on the basis of different principles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Kan Takeuchi, Shinya Konishi, Fumio Tsuchiya, Masaki Shimada