Patents Examined by Giovanni Astacio-Oquendo
  • Patent number: 10175281
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for predicting faults in a harness formed by a plurality of cables gathered together, in particular electrical cables, comprising a protective sheath (10) intended to surround the harness, the sheath (10) comprising a plurality of braided elements (100), said braided elements (100) being braided together to form a tubular sheath, each braided element (100) comprising a plurality of longitudinal braiding strands (101) arranged to form a web, characterised in that the sheath (100) comprises at least one electrically conductive detection strand (102), said detection strand (102) being arranged with the braiding strands (101) of a braided element (100) so as to be incorporated into the web forming said braided element (100), the detection strand (102) being electrically insulated from the braiding strands (100) of said braided element (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRICAL & POWER
    Inventors: Jerome Genoulaz, Stephane Brendle, Michel Dunand
  • Patent number: 10168406
    Abstract: In order to provide an effective optimization of a magnetic resonance sequence, particularly with regard to optimizing the slew rates of gradient switching sequences of the magnetic resonance sequence, in a method for optimizing a magnetic resonance sequence of a magnetic resonance apparatus, wherein the magnetic resonance sequence includes multiple pre-set gradient switching sequences with multiple pre-set slew rates, the multiple pre-set slew rates are provided to a computer wherein the multiple pre-set slew rates are evaluated. At least one optimization measure for the magnetic resonance sequence is defined based on the evaluation of the multiple pre-set slew rates. The magnetic resonance sequence is optimized based on the at least one pre-set optimization measure, wherein the optimized magnetic resonance sequence has multiple optimized gradient switching sequences with multiple optimized slew rates, and the multiple optimized slew rates being optimized in relation to the multiple pre-set slew rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dominik Paul, Joerg Roland
  • Patent number: 10168372
    Abstract: A system and method for leakage current detection and fault location identification in a DC power circuit is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of DC leakage current detectors positioned throughout the DC power circuit, the DC leakage current detectors configured to sense and locate a leakage current fault in the DC power circuit. Each of the DC leakage current detectors is configured to generate a net voltage at an output thereof indicative of whether a leakage current fault is present at a location at which the respective DC leakage current detector is positioned. A logic device in operable communication with the DC leakage current detectors receives output signals from each DC leakage current detector comprising the net voltage output and locates the leakage current fault in the DC power circuit based on the output signals received from the plurality of DC leakage current detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William James Premerlani, Ibrahima Ndiaye, Kum-Kang Huh, Ahmed Elasser
  • Patent number: 10170822
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a communication device is described comprising an antenna, a signal path for supplying a signal to the antenna, two directional couplers arranged within the signal path, wherein each directional coupler is coupled to an adjustable impedance defining the characteristic impedance of the directional coupler, a controller configured to set, for each of a plurality of impedances, the adjustable impedances of the directional couplers to the impedance, a return loss measurement circuit configured to determine, for each of the plurality of impedances, a return loss of the signal path when the adjustable impedances of the directional couplers are set to the impedance and a load impedance determination circuit configured to determine a load impedance of the signal path based on the determined return losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Valentyn Solomko, Anthony Thomas, Winfried Bakalski, Ruediger Bauder
  • Patent number: 10168194
    Abstract: Various embodiments mitigate the risk of frequency-lock in systems having multiple resonators by dynamically changing the frequency at which at least one of the resonators is driven. More particularly, the drive frequency of at least one of the resonators is changed often enough that the multiple resonators do not have time to achieve frequency lock. Changes in the oscillation of the resonators may be analyzed to determine, for example, acceleration of such systems. Some embodiments implement self-test by assessing expected performance of a system with toggling drive frequencies. More particularly, some embodiments implement self-test by artificially inducing displacement of a movable member of a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaurav Vohra, William A. Clark, Mehrnaz Motiee
  • Patent number: 10168373
    Abstract: A diagnostic device for checking a control signal wire between a controller of a motor vehicle and a charging port for a battery of the motor vehicle located on the motor vehicle side is disclosed, wherein on the charging port side, a first resistor is provided in the controller connecting the control signal wire to chassis ground, and a second resistor connected in parallel to the first resistor is provided. An evaluation device of the controller has a current source and/or a voltage source for supplying an electric current and/or a voltage independent of a charging process, and is configured to measure an electric current indicating a defect in the control signal wire, or a voltage indicating a defect in the control signal wire, utilizing the first and the second resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Sami Zaki, Niklas Schalli
  • Patent number: 10168396
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low fly height in-plane magnetic image sensor chip. This sensor chip comprises a silicon (Si) substrate with a pit on the surface, a magnetoresistive sensor, and an insulating layer. The magnetoresistive sensor is located on the bottom surface of the pit in the Si substrate. The insulating layer is located above the magnetoresistive sensor. The magnetic image surface detected during operation is coplanar or parallel with the surface of the Si substrate surface. The input and output ends of the magnetoresistive sensor are connected with leads directly, or bonded with leads through pads, or through a conducting post and pads to form connections. And the flying height of the leads is lower than the height of the surface of the Si substrate. This technical solution has several advantages, such as compact structure, high output signal, and direct contact with the magnetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Geza Deak, Zhimin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10162033
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance image is generated by executing a scan sequence that is determined by at least one scan parameter. A first value of the at least one scan parameter is determined for a first subregion of an examination region, and a second value of the at least one scan parameter is determined for a second subregion of the examination region. The determination of the first value and the determination of the second value is implemented so that a value of a physical variable influenced by the first value and the second value of the at least one scan parameter does not transgress a pre-set threshold value. Subsequently, the scan sequence is executed by a magnetic resonance scanner and a magnetic resonance image is generated. The threshold value can be based, for example, on technical efficiency of the scanner and/or a physiological limitation of an examination object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thorsten Feiweier
  • Patent number: 10161987
    Abstract: An insulation degradation monitoring device by which a degradation state of an insulator can be constantly monitored by a simple configuration, and a degradation degree can be decided. An insulation degradation monitoring device for an insulator, by which a high-voltage charging portion of an electric instrument is insulated from and supported to a grounding metal component, includes a penetration-type electric current sensor which is inserted to a connecting portion of the insulator and the grounding metal component, and detects a leakage electric current which is passed from the high-voltage charging portion through the insulator and is flowed to the grounding metal component; and a decision means which is connected to an output side of the electric current sensor, and decides a degradation degree of the insulator in accordance with a value of the leakage electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Yamaji, Susumu Kozuru, Nobukazu Nagayasu, Takahiro Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10161996
    Abstract: A method of characterizing the performance of laser diode is disclosed wherein at least one laser diode device configured to emit optical radiation is detachably coupled to at least one carrier device, the carrier device configured to be positioned within at least one device test module, at least one unitary clamping force is controllably applied to the laser diode device thereby coupling the carrier device to the device test module, and at least one optical characteristic of the laser diode device is measured during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Newport Corporation
    Inventors: John Curry, Christopher Cole Chandler, Wade P Watts, Nicholas Donnie Harriott
  • Patent number: 10161907
    Abstract: A method and a device for evaluating the distribution and orientation of ferromagnetic, electrically conductive fibers in a composite material are disclosed. The principle consists in repeatable evaluation of the density of ferromagnetic, electrically conductive fibers at the measured location, and such evaluation is performed within a guaranteed scatter range of the measured data and at a guaranteed accuracy rate. A device to perform the method comprises a C, U or E-shaped ferromagnetic core (1) with distributed or uniform winding of the electric coil (2), where the ferromagnetic core (1) exhibits dimensions A, B, and C, for which we have C?3B and B?A, where A denotes the width of an arm (1.2), B represents the depth of an arm (1.2), and C is the length of the base (1.1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE
    Inventors: Pavel Fiala, Martin J. Friedl, Leonard Hobst, Tereza Komarkova
  • Patent number: 10162022
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance (MR) safe touchscreen display (10) includes a touchscreen (16) and a film (30, 32) that has a high frequency shielding layer (20, 28) and a low frequency shielding layer (18, 26). A bus bar (14) conductively couples the low frequency shielding layer (18, 26) to the high frequency shielding layer (20, 28) around a perimeter of a face of the film (30, 32) and the edge of the film (30, 32). The film (30, 32) is adjacent to a rear face of the touchscreen (16). The bus bar (14) facilitates the connection of the touchscreen (16) and layers (18, 20) to the display (12) to form a Faraday cage around the display components contained within the display housing (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Francis Patrick O'Neill, Ronald Paul Consiglio, Donald Alan Forrer
  • Patent number: 10156609
    Abstract: A device includes a fault generation circuit and a first fault injection circuit. The fault generation circuit is configured to generate a fault signal and a plurality of control signals according to a mode signal. The first fault injection circuit is configured to inject a first final fault signal to an under-test device based on the fault signal and the plurality of control signals, in order to verify robustness of the under-test device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sandeep Kumar Goel, Stanley John, Ji-Jan Chen, Yun-Han Lee
  • Patent number: 10156863
    Abstract: A control system for controlling operation of an appliance includes a first signal source configured to produce an alternating current (AC) signal, a second signal source configured to produce a second signal, and a controller. The controller includes a processor, a memory device, a first input pin coupled to the first signal source to receive the AC signal, a second input pin coupled to the second signal source to receive the second signal, and an analog to digital (A/D) converter. The A/D converter is coupled to the first input pin and the memory device storing instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to sample the second signal at the second input pin only when the first signal has a value of about zero volts at the first input pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: John Broker
  • Patent number: 10151821
    Abstract: In a method for making calibration measurements in a magnetic resonance (MR) system, in order to acquire an MR image of an examination subject, wherein the MR unit has a computer for operating the MR scanner, and a system control computer designed to control multiple system components of the MR scanner, a preparation step is executed by the computer to prepare a first calibration step, in which a first parameter of a system component is matched to the examination subject via the system control computer, and to prepare a second calibration step, in which a second parameter of a system component is matched to the examination subject via the system control computer. The first calibration step is executed by the system control computer as is the second calibration step. The preparation step is executed by the computer to prepare one of the first or second calibration steps before one of the calibration steps is initiated by the system control computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Swen Campagna, Michael Wullenweber
  • Patent number: 10151729
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detection of imperfections by detecting changes in magnetic flux of a magnetized metal body includes a housing carrying first and second magnets for magnetizing the metal body that are located adjacent opposite ends of the housing and a conductor member intermediate the first and second magnets that has a forward end adjacent the metal body and extends outwardly from the metal body to an outer end of the conductor member. At this outer end there is provided a third magnet directing its magnetic field into the conductor member, and at the forward end of the conductor member there is provided a magnetic field sensor to detect changes in magnetic field in the metal body generated by the imperfections as the housing is moved in scanning movement along the metal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Randel Brandstrom
  • Patent number: 10151683
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring and reporting corrosion in terms recognized as conforming to an industry standard includes coating a substrate with a corrodible metallic substance of predetermined thickness, passing a current through the metallic substance, and generating a signal when electrical continuity is broken due to corrosion of the metallic substance. In one embodiment the apparatus includes a printed circuit board onto which the coated substrate is mounted, a power source for applying an electrical current across the coated substrate, and a display (such as a light or LCD panel) for providing an indication/alert that electrical continuity has been broken due to corrosion of the metallic substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: PURAFIL INC.
    Inventors: William G. England, Matthew Potts
  • Patent number: 10151819
    Abstract: A method, which is performed by an MRI apparatus, of scanning a blood vessel, includes: sequentially applying, according to a time-of-flight (TOF) method, radio frequency (RF) pulses respectively to first grouped slabs during a first repetition time (TR); sequentially acquiring MR signals respectively corresponding to the RF pulses applied during the first TR; sequentially applying, according to the TOF method, RF pulses respectively to second grouped slabs during a second TR; and sequentially acquiring MR signals respectively corresponding to the RF pulses applied during the second TR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joon-sung Choi, Dae-ho Lee, Sang-young Zho
  • Patent number: 10145879
    Abstract: An electrometer includes a sensing module and a control module. The sensing module includes a plurality of electrostatic sensing elements and a plurality of second electrodes. The plurality of electrostatic sensing elements are single walled carbon nanotubes or few-walled carbon nanotubes. The plurality of electrostatic sensing elements and the plurality of second electrodes are alternately arranged in a series connection. The control module is coupled to the two ends of the series connection and configured to measure a resistance variation ?R of the series connection and convert the resistance variation ?R into a static electricity potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xin-He Wang, Dong-Qi Li, Jiang-Tao Wang, Wen-Yun Wu, Yu-Jun He, Peng Liu, Qing-Yu Zhao, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10145925
    Abstract: A method for magnetic resonance (MR) phase imaging of a subject includes: (i) for each channel of a multi-channel MRI scanner, acquiring MR measurements at a plurality of voxels of the subject using a pulse sequence that reduces MR measurement phase error; and (ii) for each voxel, determining reconstructed MR phase from the MR measurements of each channel to form an MR phase image of the subject. The step of determining reconstructed MR phase may be performed for each of the voxels independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventor: Joseph Dagher