Patents Examined by Giovanni Astacio-Oquendo
  • Patent number: 10247680
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring a material includes at least one transmitter for transmitting a first signal and a second signal. A variable reflector reflects a portion of the first signal at a first reflecting property to produce a first reflected signal, the portion of the first signal having traveled through the material. The variable reflector also reflects a portion of the second signal at a second reflecting property to produce a second reflected signal, the portion of the second signal having traveled through the material. A receiver receives the first received signal and the second received signal, the first received signal includes the first reflected signal having traveled through the material and the second received signal includes the second reflected signal having traveled through the material. The first reflected signal and the second reflected signal providing an indication of at least one property of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SENSORS & SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Peter Annan, David Redman
  • Patent number: 10247688
    Abstract: A moisture detecting system has a power semiconductor module having a gate driver with the gate in which the gate driver has an on condition and an off condition, a power supply connected to the gate driver so as to supply voltage to the gate driver, a controller cooperative between the power supply and the gate driver so as to set the gate driver between the on condition and the off condition, and a sensor connected to the gate driver so as to detect a leakage of current across the gate driver. The controller is cooperative at the power supply so as to turn off the power supply when the signal is indicative of the leakage of current. The gate driver can an IGBT or a MOSFET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10247681
    Abstract: A microwave measuring device having a transmitting module and a receiving module and an apparatus having these modules are described. The two modules are accommodated either in a common housing or in separate housings. The transmitting module can be coupled to a transmitting antenna and the receiving module can be coupled to a receiving antenna. In order to compensate for measurement errors, in particular temperature-related measurement errors, at least one RF bypass cable runs outside the housing/the housings and can be used to couple the transmitting module and the receiving module while bridging the measuring section defined by the two antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ELISABETH KATZ
    Inventor: Elisabeth Katz
  • Patent number: 10241183
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes a calculation unit, a collecting unit, and an execution unit. The calculation unit calculates, based on a pulse sequence used in data collection by fast spin echo method, a phase shift amount on at least one echo component included in each of a plurality of echo signals. The correcting unit corrects, based on the calculated phase shift amount, phases of refocusing pulses applied in the pulse sequence such that phases match at least one of between spin echo components, between stimulated echo components, and between a spin echo component and a stimulated echo component. The execution unit executes the pulse sequence in which the refocusing pulses of the corrected phases are applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Umeda
  • Patent number: 10240909
    Abstract: An electronic feeler gauge comprises a sensor blade, a transmitting system, and a receiving system. The sensor blade comprises transmission induction coils, reception induction coils, and measurement sites, spaced in two dimensions about the sensor blade. Each of the measurement sites is associated with at least one of the transmission induction coils and at least one of the reception induction coils. The transmitting system is configured to drive direct electrical current across the transmission induction coils to produce transmitted probe signals from the transmission induction coils. The receiving system is configured to receive response signals from the reception induction coils due to the transmitted probe signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Melissa McQueen
  • Patent number: 10241157
    Abstract: A differential transformer-based permeability sensor includes a substrate including an insulation layer and a wiring layer stacked on each other, a first drive coil, a first induction coil, a second drive coil, a second induction coil, and a adjuster coil, all flatly formed on the wiring layer, a closed circuit including the adjuster coil and a current regulation element connected in parallel to ends of the adjuster coil, and an oscillation circuit. A circuit constituent is formed in which an oscillation signal of the oscillation circuit is provided to each of the drive coils, so that an induction current flows through the first induction coil, the second induction coil, and the adjuster coil, and a difference between the induction current of the first induction coil and that of the second induction coil is outputted. The induction current of the adjuster coil is adjusted according to resistance of a variable resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Aikawa
  • Patent number: 10243280
    Abstract: An electrical connector is provided. The electrical connector includes two or more electrically conductive prongs. Each electrically conductive prong may have a tapered distal end operable to axially contact a conductor of a cable when a force is applied to axially push the cable onto the two or more electrically conductive prongs. Each electrically conductive prong may have a proximal end operable to be electrically coupled to a respective connector conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: John Paul Hittel, Theodore J. Brillhart
  • Patent number: 10234519
    Abstract: The present specification relates to an electric power converter, comprising at least a set of four controllable power switches, arranged in an H-bridge or a functionally equivalent circuit comprising two switching legs of two series switches connected to a voltage source, each power switch comprising an antiparallel diode, a controller configured for controlling the switches with a blanking time, a feedback loop for the load current, characterized by a first bias current injection circuit, coupled to the central point of the first leg of the H-bridge and a second bias current injection circuit, coupled to the central point of the second leg of the H-bridge. The specification further relates to a MRI scanner, provided with an electric power converter according to any of the preceding claims, for driving the gradient coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Prodrive Technologies B.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Wilhelmus Hendricus Johannes Driessen, Noud Johan Hubert Slaats
  • Patent number: 10234499
    Abstract: Techniques and test structures for determining reliability and performance characteristics of an integrated circuit (IC) device are disclosed. For example, an IC device includes multiple functional elements and multiple test elements. The test elements are electrically coupled in series between a first test port and a second test port. A method of testing the IC device includes applying an electrical stimulus between the first test port and the second test port, measuring a parametric value in response to the electrical stimulus, comparing the parametric value and a statistical value, and determining a pass or fail status of the IC device. The statistical value is representative of a predicted reliability of the IC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin W. Dvorak, Ben Keppeler
  • Patent number: 10234354
    Abstract: Apparatus and corresponding method are invented for detecting a leak in equipment forming a target, such as a stuffing box. The apparatus includes an image analyzer configured to receive an image from camera and analyze the image to determine if a leak on the equipment is present by comparing a color channel of the image with a reference and the image analyzer having an output port for delivering a notification upon the image analyzer determining that a leak is present on the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intelliview Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Wael Badawy, Ashiq Rahman, Shane Rogers, Shan Du
  • Patent number: 10228395
    Abstract: In a non-contact voltage measurement device that can precisely measure an alternating-current voltage with a simple structure, a first capacitor and second capacitor, having mutually correlated capacitances, are respectively formed between a first electrode and a conductor and between a second electrode and the conductor. An alternating-current signal is given between the first electrode and a first reference potential. When a switch is off, a first charge detecting signal matching charges accumulated in the second capacitor by the alternating-current signal is created with the second electrode kept at the first reference potential. When the switch is on, a second charge detecting signal matching charges accumulated in the second capacitor by the alternating-current voltage is created with the second electrode kept at a second reference potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hebiguchi
  • Patent number: 10228433
    Abstract: On the basis of a user interaction, values of measurement parameters of a magnetic resonance measurement sequence are established. A physical-technical limit value is computed for at least one selected measurement parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Mario Zeller
  • Patent number: 10228392
    Abstract: A contact probe of a testing head of a testing apparatus of electronic devices comprises respective end portions adapted to contact respective contact pads and a body essentially extended in a longitudinal direction between the end portions, at least one end portion comprising an insert made of a first conductive material having a hardness being greater than a second conductive material making the contact probe which is supported by a section of the end portion, the section being made of the second conductive material and being shaped in a complementary way with respect to the insert and having respective abutting surfaces facing and adhering to respective abutting surfaces of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNOPROBE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Crippa, Giuseppe Crippa, Raffaele Vallauri
  • Patent number: 10228398
    Abstract: A system for measuring an electrical current to a heater includes an electrical line between a first power source and the heater, a control sensor adjacent to the electrical line, a compensation sensor proximate the control sensor and an operational amplifier electrically connected to the control sensor and the compensation sensor. The control sensor is a Hall effect sensor to measure a first magnetic field induced by the electrical current and an ambient magnetic field and output a resulting first voltage. The compensation sensor is a Hall effect sensor with the same orientation as the control sensor to measure a second magnetic field induced by the ambient magnetic field and output a resulting second voltage. The operation amplifier is able to receive the first voltage and the second voltage and determine the electrical current flowing through the electrical line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Nghia T. Dinh
  • Patent number: 10228415
    Abstract: Test circuitry for providing security in an integrated circuit includes a control circuit and a test power-on-reset circuit. The control circuit determines whether the integrated circuit is configured in a non-secure condition, and that generates a control signal in response to the non-secure condition. Accordingly, the test power-on-reset circuit selectively disables a power-on-reset circuit on the integrated circuit in response the control signal during test operations. The test power-on-reset circuit receives control instructions from the control circuit, and produces a test power-on-reset output according to the control instructions. The integrated circuit includes a logic gate that receives the test power-on-reset output and a power-on-reset signal from the power-on-reset circuit and generates an output signal for bypassing operations of the power-on-reset circuit on the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Yee Koay, Ting Lu, Ka Bo Wong, Rajiv Kumar
  • Patent number: 10222414
    Abstract: An apparatus for exchanging a probe includes a stacker configured to receive a probe and to align the probe, a probe connector connected to the probe, and a laser alignment unit including a light emitter and a light receiver. The light emitter is configured to emit a laser beam to the probe, and the light receiver is configured to detect the laser beam reflected by the probe. The laser alignment unit is configured to detect when the probe is properly aligned on the probe connector using the light receiver, and the laser alignment unit is configured to stop moving the stacker when it is detected that the probe is properly aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., NANOFOCUS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Wan Hong, Jeong Hoi Kim, Yu Sin Yang, Sang Kil Lee, Chung Sam Jun
  • Patent number: 10222436
    Abstract: A gradient coil comprises a curved conductor, which is tubular and has a general spiral shape. The curved conductor is formed by a process comprising depositing at least one non-conductive material layer by layer to form a substrate, and coating at least a portion of a surface of the substrate with a conductive material. The substrate has a shape matching with the general spiral shape of the curved conductor. Embodiments of the present disclosure further refer to a method for manufacturing the gradient coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Yanzhe Yang, Steven Robert Hayashi, Kevin Warner Flanagan, Prabhjot Singh, Jian Lin, Jean-Baptiste Mathieu, Kenneth Paul Zarnock, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo
  • Patent number: 10215876
    Abstract: In-phase and quadrature components have different relationships with some important petrophyscial parameters, such as water saturation and mineral cation exchange capacity (CEC). In clay-containing subterranean rock formation such as shaly sand formations, these parameters can be estimated using different components of array induction tool data combined with other knowledge about the clay-containing formation. Some parameters, such as mobility and fraction of counterions are valid in cases where the pore water solution is an electrolyte of NaCl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY, SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ping Zhang, Wael Abdallah, Shouxiang Ma
  • Patent number: 10213131
    Abstract: A method of generating a medical resonance image and a medical imaging apparatus using the same are provided. The medical imaging apparatus includes a signal controller configured to determine flip angles respectively corresponding to radio frequency (RF) refocusing pulses included in a fast spin-echo (FSE) pulse sequence, based on a pseudo-steady state model of a flip angle schedule. The medical imaging apparatus further includes an RF transmitter configured to apply an RF excitation pulse to an object, and apply the RF refocusing pulses to the object based on the determined flip angles. The medical imaging apparatus further includes an image processor configured to generate a magnetic resonance (MR) image based on an MR signal that is received from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hoonjae Lee, Jin-young Hwang
  • Patent number: 10215819
    Abstract: A wireless RF coil unit according to the embodiment includes at least one receiver, a converter, a mixer and a filter. The at least one receiver receive a first analog signal having a first frequency synchronized with a first clock of a device different from the coil unit, and a second analog signal having a second frequency different from the first frequency. The converter converts the first analog signal into a first digital signal, and the second analog signal into a second digital signal, in accordance with a second clock of the coil unit. The mixer generates a multiplication signal of the first digital signal and the second digital signal. The filter passes a predetermined frequency component in the multiplication signal and outputs an intermediated frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Soejima