Patents Examined by Harshad R Patel
  • Patent number: 10278281
    Abstract: A MEMS thermal stress isolation system is disclosed. The MEMs thermal stress isolation system is a MEMS embedded hardware implementation designed to isolate the sensitive sensor die from external stresses caused by rigid attachment to packaging and to allow the sensor to perform with improved immunity to the negative impacts of rigid sensor packaging attachment. A planar, micro-etched interface structure is integrated into the MEMS wafer stack, which serves as the mechanical connection between the MEMS sensor and the external packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirill V. Shcheglov, Nolan F. Maggipinto, David Smukowski, Chien-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 10268215
    Abstract: A system for providing a force on a main valve member includes a first sensing element adapted to couple to a portion of the main valve member. A first loading element may be directly or indirectly coupled to the first sensing element such that the first loading element provides a first force on the first sensing element. The first loading element is adapted to transfer the first force to the first sensing element and the main valve member. The system also includes a second sensing element to the first sensing element. A second loading element is coupled to the second sensing element and the first sensing element. The second loading element is adapted to provide a second force on the second sensing element to transfer the second force to the main valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Justin L. Masias, Eric J. Burgett
  • Patent number: 10267701
    Abstract: A fluid monitoring assembly includes a segment of tubing having a wall defining a lumen through which the fluid passes and a sensor at least partially embedded within a wall of the tubing. The assembly includes a housing having first and second portions connected to one another at a hinge, the housing defining an interior portion configured to hold the segment of tubing and the sensor. The housing may be opened and closed as needed using a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ALPHINITY, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Gagne, Steven V. Cates, Dean C. Richards
  • Patent number: 10267692
    Abstract: A torque sensing apparatus comprises: a first casing comprising a first opening; a second casing comprising a second opening; a stator comprising a stator holder that is placed in the interior of the first casing and the second casing and at least one stator tooth that is secured to the stator holder; and a rotor that is rotatably disposed in the stator, wherein the stator comprises a protrusion facing the inner peripheral surface of the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho Chan Son
  • Patent number: 10267713
    Abstract: A sample preparation system includes a slicing module, a first tank, a sequencing module and a pickup module. The slicing module is utilized to sequentially slice a sample block into a plurality of sample slices. The first tank is utilized to receive the sample slices. The sample slices float on a fluid in the first tank, and the sample slices are moved by the flowing fluid. The sequencing module is disposed at a side of the first tank, so as to separate the sample slices sequentially. The pick module is coupled with the first tank, so as to pick up the sample slices sequentially and place the sample slices on corresponding sample holders. In addition, a sample preparation method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Materials Analysis Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 10261105
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer is described. The MEMS accelerometer is arranged to limit distortions in the detection signal caused by displacement of the anchor(s) connecting the MEMS accelerometer to the underlying substrate. The MEMS accelerometer may include masses arranged to move in opposite directions in response to an acceleration of the MEMS accelerometer, and to move in the same direction in response to displacement of the anchor(s). The masses may, for example, be hingedly coupled to a beam in a teeter-totter configuration. Motion of the masses in response to acceleration and anchor displacement may be detected using capacitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Clark
  • Patent number: 10260746
    Abstract: The present disclosure deals with the measurement of flows of a fluid in a combustion device. For example, a combustion device may include a burner; a combustion chamber; a side duct; and a feed duct with a connector for the side duct including a mass flow sensor and a flow resistance element. The side duct and the feed duct have a fluid connection to one another. The mass flow sensor senses a mass flow through the side duct. The resistance element subdivides the side duct and includes an admittance surface. There is an outer area. The mass flow sensor projects into the side duct. The outlet of the side duct lets the fluid flow out of the side duct directly into the combustion chamber or directly into the outer area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Rainer Lochschmied, Mike Schmanau, Bernd Schmiederer
  • Patent number: 10261034
    Abstract: A heat flow distribution measurement device includes a sensor module having one multilayer substrate and a plurality of heat flow sensor portions arranged inside of the multilayer substrate. The multilayer substrate has one surface and another surface opposite to the one surface and includes a plurality of stacked insulating layers each formed of a thermoplastic resin. The heat flow sensor portions are each formed of thermoelectric conversion elements and are thermoelectrically independent. An arithmetic portion arithmetically determines a heat flow distribution based on an electromotive force generated in each of the heat flow sensor portions. The thermoelectric conversion elements are formed in the multilayer substrate and therefore manufactured by the same manufacturing process for manufacturing the multilayer substrate. This can minimize the performance difference between the individual thermoelectric conversion elements and allow the heat flow distribution to be measured with high precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Shiraishi, Atusi Sakaida, Norio Gouko, Toshihisa Taniguchi, Keiji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10260981
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a diaphragm suspended across a cavity in a substrate. A first group of piezoresistors is provided in the diaphragm, the piezoresistors of the first group being coupled to one another to form a first Wheatstone bridge having first positive and negative output nodes. A second group of piezoresistors is provided in the diaphragm, the piezoresistors of the second group being coupled to one another to form a second Wheatstone bridge having second positive and negative output nodes. The first negative output node of the first Wheatstone bridge is electrically connected to the second positive output node of the second Wheatstone bridge to directly chain the outputs of the Wheatstone bridges. The first and second Wheatstone bridges each produce an output signal as a function of an external pressure stimulus that is combined via the chained arrangement of the Wheatstone bridges to produce a composite output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Paige M. Holm, Mark Edward Schlarmann
  • Patent number: 10260991
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis system includes a bearing having a plurality of components, a plurality of sensors disposed at different positions of the component and configured to detect surrounding signals, and an abnormality diagnosis device configured to diagnose abnormalities of the rolling bearing and a device disposed around the rolling bearing, based on signals output from the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yanagisawa, Tomoyuki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 10260984
    Abstract: A spool-supplying apparatus for managing a plurality of spools is presented and is comprising a spool support frame, a spool-supporting axle secured in cantilever, at a first end thereof, to the spool support frame, the spool-supporting axle being configured to support a plurality of axially-supported spools thereon, the plurality of spools axially engaging the spool-supporting axle through a second end thereof, and a spool unwinder operatively associated with the spool-supplying apparatus for unwinding a spool, the spool unwinder being configured to rotatably engage a first spool from the second end of the spool-supporting axle. A method of using the spool-supplying apparatus is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Plombco Inc.
    Inventors: Maxime Chevrier, Mathieu Pare, Stephane Boulet, Lorrain Boulerice, Denis Legault, Jean Prevost
  • Patent number: 10260968
    Abstract: In one general aspect, an apparatus includes at least two conductive elements disposed in a polymeric foam and at least two voltage detectors. Each voltage detector is coupled to a respective conductive element and configured to detect a charge generated by an impact to the polymeric foam within a sensing radius of the respective conductive element. In another general aspect, an apparatus includes a deformation sensor and a voltage detector. The deformation sensor includes a conductive element disposed in a polymeric foam, a portion of the conductive element extending beyond an outer wall of the polymeric foam. The voltage detector is coupled to the portion of the conductive element and detects a charge generated by the deformation sensor responsive to an impact to the polymeric foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nano Composite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Jake Merrell, Anton E. Bowden, David T. Fullwood, Brian Anthony Mazzeo
  • Patent number: 10254142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flow sensor (1) and a method for determining the presence of a gas bubble (G) in a liquid (L) flowing through the flow sensor (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SENSIRION AG
    Inventors: Stefan Kostner, Lukas Mahler, Niculin Saratz
  • Patent number: 10251430
    Abstract: A garment includes a fabric portion, an electrode fixedly connected to the fabric portion, a receptacle fixedly connected to the fabric portion, and an electronics module releasably positioned in the receptacle. The receptacle includes a receptacle housing, an electrode lead, and a receptacle contact. The electrode lead is attached to the electrode. The electrode lead engages the receptacle contact to establish an electrical connection with the receptacle contact without being attached to the receptacle contact. The electronics module includes a module contact that engages the receptacle contact when the electronics module is positioned in the socket to establish an electrical connection between the module contact and the receptacle contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Oleson, Samuel J. Hollenbach, F. Grant Kovach, Jason Berns
  • Patent number: 10247714
    Abstract: A system that screens for particularly identified odors, such as those associated with explosive and other bomb-making materials, weapons and illegal drugs, includes an odor delivery unit with one or more fans that force air across the object being screened, such as a person. The airflow from the odor delivery unit passes over and across the object being screened creating an odor stream that passes through a partition that allows the odor stream to flow freely through it and simultaneously obscures a canine positioned on the other side of the partition from view by the person or object being screened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory E. Stokes
  • Patent number: 10240989
    Abstract: A magnetoelastic sensor. The magnetoelastic sensor uses strain-induced magnetic anisotropy to measure the tension or compression present in a plate. During construction, an annular region of the plate is magnetized with a circumferential magnetization. Magnetic field sensors are placed near this magnetized band at locations where the magnetization direction is non-parallel and non-perpendicular to the axis of tension. The strain-induced magnetic anisotropy caused by tension or compression then produces a shift in the magnetization direction in the plate regions near the field sensors, thereby causing magnetic field changes which are detected by the magnetic field sensors. The magnetic field sensors are connected to an electronic circuit which outputs a voltage signal which indicates the tension or compression in the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy J. Moran, Frank Ursetta
  • Patent number: 10240963
    Abstract: A measuring spoon device includes a rear shaft with a tapered end portion, elongated apertures, guide grooves, a rear connector section; a divider section with apertures; slidable spoon assemblies with push members, including finger button protrusions, and measuring spoons, including spoon portions and spoon stems; and a front cylindrical section; such that the measuring spoons can be retracted for storage inside the front cylindrical section, and can be extracted for use in measuring a plurality of seasonings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALFA TKG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Misa Takagi
  • Patent number: 10233843
    Abstract: A method for generating cavitation resistance in a liquid, a portion of which can be in contact with a surface is disclosed. The disclosed method can be carried out by pressure-treating the liquid, the liquid portion in contact with the surface, and/or the surface for a sufficient time to develop resistance to cavitation. The disclosed method can be carried out when the surface is made of a material having a surface roughness that is greater than the rc of the liquid. Suitable surfaces include borosilicate glass, drawn glass, copper, lead, steel, cast iron, metal alloys and concrete. The surfaces can be ship and boat propeller surfaces, the interior of fuel lines and fuel storage containers or any other surface where cavitation can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventor: Rusi Taleyarkhan
  • Patent number: 10228269
    Abstract: A sensor unit includes: a sensor device including an inertial sensor; a substrate to which the sensor device is bonded; a case member accommodating at least the sensor device; and an adhesive member provided to cover, in a plan view of the substrate as viewed from the case member side, an outer periphery of the sensor device and so as to connect the sensor device with the case member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corportion
    Inventors: Yoshikuni Saito, Yusuke Kinoshita, Keita Ito
  • Patent number: 10229616
    Abstract: A customized chest response finite element model for a crash test dummy is disclosed. A method of creating the customized chest response finite element model for the crash test dummy includes the steps of identifying two borderline sets that match with certification test data profiles for a chest of the crash test dummy, varying material properties of components of the chest for the crash test dummy, defining a mapping function and allowing intermediate sets to be interpolated from the certification test data profiles, and creating a single chest response finite element model for the crash test dummy with a user-defined input parameter for the customized chest response finite element model that defines the customized response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Suraush Khambati, Shiva Shetty