Patents Examined by Gail Kaplan Verbitsky
  • Patent number: 10883885
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for calibrating a temperature measuring device of a dental oven by means of at least one calibration element, which is heated in the dental oven during a heating time interval (dt), wherein the at least one calibration element has at least one measurement material having a reversible phase transition occurring at a first transition temperature (TC1), the phase transition causes an abrupt change of at least one first parameter (I) of the dental oven, the temperature in the furnace chamber is measured by means of the temperature measuring device as an actual temperature (T), and the parameter (I) is measured, at least one first abrupt change (dI1) of the first parameter (I) is identified, a deviation of the first actual temperature value (T1), which is measured by the temperature measuring device when the first abrupt change (dI1) of the first parameter (I) occurs, from the first transition temperature (TC1) is determined, and the actual temperature (T) of the temperature measu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA INC.
    Inventor: Christian Kurz
  • Patent number: 10876905
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is an improved TPW cell design that is designed to provide a method of removing contaminants from the TPW cell water, and improved resistance to breakage in shipping. An additional storage volume provides for transferring the liquid water from the cell body into the storage volume by inverting the cell, followed by a series of rotations. Subsequent distillation of the water into the cell body by a sub-boiling process (with vapor moving through a transfer tube and condensing in the cell body) results in removal of contaminants from the water in the cell body. The upper volume and transfer tube are configured so that transport damage is minimized by storing the liquid water in the storage volume during transport, and preventing any liquid water from moving from the storage volume into the lower cell body regardless of orientation of the cell during shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Stanley Pond, Michael Pond
  • Patent number: 10866144
    Abstract: A branch circuit thermal monitoring system comprises a housing and an electrical power distribution sub-system. The housing includes a plurality of thermal modules each connected with a thermal sensor assembly of a plurality of thermal sensor assemblies. The housing further includes a module rack wherein each of the thermal modules is installed on the module rack. The housing further includes a main controller configured to communicate with the thermal modules. The thermal modules are configured for individually monitoring corresponding identified connection points of interest with the attached thermal sensor assemblies such that the thermal modules and the thermal sensor assemblies provide continuous temperature monitoring of the corresponding identified connection points of interest. The thermal sensor assembly is configured to be directly applied to a connection point of interest thus avoiding any additional mounting assembly. The electrical power distribution sub-system is coupled to the thermal modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Amit Nayak, Matthew Leidy
  • Patent number: 10859447
    Abstract: An operating-status diagnostic apparatus includes a sensor unit and a control unit. The sensor unit detects heat fluxes flowing outward from a component of a facility. A control unit determines whether or not an operating status of the facility indicates that the component is in a warming-up complete state where warming-up of the component is completed based on a detection result of detection by the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio Gouko, Atusi Sakaida, Toshihisa Taniguchi, Keiji Okamoto, Yoshihiko Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10859446
    Abstract: Temperature measuring device for measuring the temperature of a member, the member including a component controlled by a control signal, active at most during at least one limited activity interval, and transmitted to the component via two wires, a temperature probe connected to the two wires, in parallel with the component, and a diode, connected between a terminal of the component and a terminal of the probe connected to the same wire, in order to allow the passage of a current in the component only in a first direction, the temperature measurement being performed by a current flowing in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, outside of the activity interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Pascal Barbier, Jacques Rocher
  • Patent number: 10852195
    Abstract: A first radiance meter is directed toward an object to be measured, radiance is measured through a space where dust is present with the use of at least two wavelengths by the first radiance meter, second radiance meters which are equal in number to one or more objects having temperatures different from that of the object to be measured are directed toward the objects, radiances are measured through the space with the use of at least two wavelengths by the second radiance meters respectively, and a temperature of the object to be measured, a temperature of the dust, and concentration of the dust are measured from the radiances measured by the first radiance meter and the second radiance meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION, UBE INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO., LTD., TAIHEIYO CEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Shima, Yoshiaki Takata
  • Patent number: 10850591
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measuring air conditioning output temperature to ensure the proper amount of refrigerant for refilling or servicing a coolant system, such as an automobile coolant system, are disclosed. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a measurement display for viewing the temperature of air conditioning output inside a vehicle while the user is outside the vehicle refilling or servicing a coolant system. The measurement display is in communications with a temperature sensor measuring the air temperature at a vent inside the vehicle to allow a user to ensure the proper amount of coolant is refilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PACIFIC LINK, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Alexander Kuo, James H. Monti
  • Patent number: 10852197
    Abstract: Performing a temperature measurement operation includes a first phase and a second phase. The first phase includes providing a voltage indicative of a measured temperature to a first input of a comparator, providing a ramp signal to a second input of the comparator, and generating at an output of the comparator, pulses based on a comparison of the first input to the second input of the comparator. The second phase includes providing the voltage indicative of a measured temperature to the second input of the comparator, providing the ramp signal to the first input of the comparator, and generating at an output of the comparator, pulses based on a comparison of the first input to the second input of the comparator. Performing the temperature measurement operation also includes utilizing the pulses generated during the first and second phases to provide a digital indication of the measured temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ravichandar Reddy Geetla
  • Patent number: 10852198
    Abstract: A temperature sensor of a thermal monitoring system is provided for use in power distribution systems. The temperature sensor comprises ceramic printed circuit board (PCB) and a terminal. The ceramic PCB includes a temperature sensing element disposed on a side of the ceramic PCB. The terminal is configured to be fixed directly in contact with a measured point and is directly in touch with the ceramic PCB such that heat is conducted from the terminal, through the ceramic PCB and then to the temperature sensing element. The temperature sensing element is configured to generate an electrical signal in response to the heat such that the electrical signal is sent through a pair of lead wires to a controller for monitoring a temperature. The temperature sensor further comprises an epoxy to seal a portion of the terminal, the ceramic PCB in its entirety and a portion of the pair of lead wires to ensure a desired physical strength and a desired dielectric strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Guang Yang, Solomon R Titus
  • Patent number: 10852202
    Abstract: A detection system for measuring the presence of one or more conditions in a predetermined area includes a fiber harness having at least one fiber optic cable for transmitting light. The at least one fiber optic cable defines a node arranged to measure the one or more conditions. The node is arranged such that light scattered by an atmosphere adjacent the node is received by at least one core of the fiber optic cable. A control system operably connected to the fiber harness includes a light source for transmitting light to the node and a light sensitive device configured to receive scattered light associated with the node. The control system analyzes more than one signal corresponding to more than one wavelength of the scattered light associated with the node to determine at least one of a presence and magnitude of the one or more conditions at the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KIDDE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Birnkrant, Kenneth Bell, Stefan Coreth, Peter R. Harris, Antonio M. Vincitore, Jennifer M. Alexander
  • Patent number: 10845256
    Abstract: A diagnosis apparatus diagnoses an assembly state of an assembled component having a sliding portion. The diagnosis apparatus includes a sensor unit that detects a heat flux flowing from the sliding portion toward an outside, and a control apparatus that determines whether an assembly state of the assembled component is correct or not based on a detection result detected by the sensor unit. A magnitude of a heat flux from the sliding portion is different between when the assembly state of the assembled component having the sliding portion is correct and when it is incorrect. Hence, according to the diagnosis apparatus, it is possible to diagnose whether an assembly state of the assembled component is correct or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio Gouko, Atusi Sakaida, Toshihisa Taniguchi, Keiji Okamoto, Yoshihiko Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10845254
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermal line (1) for transmitting an electrical signal to a module block (5) comprising a group of connections for electrical contact to be made by the thermal line (1), and to a system of module blocks. The thermal line (1) comprises a first core (2a) and a second core (3a), a first core insulation material (2b) and a second core insulation material (3b) and also an external insulation material (4), wherein the first core (2a) is sheathed at least once by the first core insulation material (2b) and forms a first line element (2), and the second core (3a) is sheathed at least once by the second core insulation material (3b) and/or is separately sheathed at least once by the external insulation material (4) and forms a second line element (3). Furthermore, the first line element (2) has a first outside diameter (D1) and the second line element (3) has a second outside diameter (D2), wherein the first outside diameter (D1) differs from the second outside diameter (D2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Stephan Bacher
  • Patent number: 10837950
    Abstract: In a method for determining the low-temperature properties of a paraffin-containing fuel, the fuel is conducted from a storage chamber through a measuring cell provided with a sieve, the measuring cell is cooled by means of a cooling device, the temperature of the fuel in the measuring cell is measured, and a fluid pressure representing the flow resistance occurring on the sieve is measured, and the temperature occurring at a defined fluid pressure set point is determined and output as a result of the method, wherein, for the pressure measurement, a defined sample amount of the fuel is abruptly delivered from the storage chamber in order to obtain a pressure pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GRABNER INSTRUMENTS MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Gerd Glanznig, Josef Lutz
  • Patent number: 10835156
    Abstract: A thermal tag for activity monitoring. The thermal tag includes a base layer having a plurality of metal lines to provide a conductive path, and a pattern layer having one or more infrared emitting features positioned over portions of the conductive path, wherein at least one infrared emitting feature couples to the conductive path to emit a predetermined infrared pattern in accordance with nearby activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li-Wen Hung, Jui-Hsin Lai
  • Patent number: 10830650
    Abstract: A block calibrator for calibrating a temperature sensor includes a calibrator sleeve having at least one sensor bore into which the temperature sensor is insertable along a longitudinal direction. The calibration sleeve also includes a body having at least two sections having different thermal conductivities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SIKA Dr. Siebert & Kühn GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: René Friedrichs, Sergius Schmidt, Frank Trinter
  • Patent number: 10823621
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom
  • Patent number: 10823624
    Abstract: A multimode optical fiber includes a core and a cladding covering the core. The core has a radius in a range of 23.75-26.25 ?m. A refractive index profile of the core has a graded refractive index distribution with a refractive index distribution index ? in a range of 1.80-1.89. The core has a maximum relative refractive index difference ?1% in a range from 1.0% to 1.15%. The multimode optical fiber has a fusion loss less than or equal to 0.08 dB. The multimode optical fiber is applied in a middle-and-long distance distributed temperature-measuring system, and a temperature-measuring distance of the system reaches 10 km to 27 km. The system includes a pulsed laser light source, a wavelength division multiplexer, an avalanche photodiode, a data acquisition device, an upper computer, and the temperature-measuring multimode optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: YANGTZE OPTICAL FIBRE AND CABLE JOINT STOCK LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhendong Wang, Song Wang, Tongqing Liu, Chen Yang, Xin Mao, Weijun Tong
  • Patent number: 10816412
    Abstract: A thermometer is provided that includes a main body having a first body including first and second regions and a second body mounted on the first body, the main body extending in a first direction; a rubber cap surrounding the second region and formed to be inserted into the ear; a temperature sensor disposed in the second region and having a specific temperature sensing range with respect to the first direction; and first and second circuit boards electrically connected to the temperature sensor and disposed in the second region in a second direction intersecting the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungwoo Park, Hyunkyung Yoo, Sungwon Kim, Jeongsoo Park, Taehoon Yoo, Sehyun Han
  • Patent number: 10809135
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a substrate, a coil unit comprising a coil disposed on a specified area of the substrate and configured to transmit or receive a signal, a first terminal, a second terminal, and a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature. The temperature sensor has a wire form and is disposed between the first terminal and the second terminal along at least part of a peripheral area of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Bum Choi, Joo Hyun Kim, Soo Hyun Park, Doo Sun Yoon, Min Woo Yoo, Jong Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 10809136
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a thin film sensor element for determining and/or monitoring temperature. For this purpose, a resistive structure is provided, which is arranged in a resistive region on a substrate. The resistive structure is so formed that a first section of the resistive structure branches at a first reference point into two branches, and that a second section of the resistive structure branches at a second reference point into two other branches. In a contact region, the four branches are connected with four intermediate conductors in four contact areas, which are insulated from one another. In this way, the thin film sensor element is a real four conductor sensor element, wherein the reference points of the four conductor circuit lie within the resistive region. The resistance thermometer with the thin film sensor element of the invention is distinguished by a high accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG
    Inventor: Jiri Holoubek