Patents Examined by Harshad R Patel
  • Patent number: 10189191
    Abstract: A system is provided for collecting data during vacuum molding of a composite part using a mold including an air tight, flexible membrane sealed to a tool. The system comprises a plurality of MEMS sensors coupled with the interior of the mold at different locations over the part. Each of the sensors produces signals related to a process parameter, such as pressure within the bag, that is sensed at the location of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Karl M Nelson, Malcolm Lane, Anoshiravan Poursartip, Kurtis S Willden
  • Patent number: 10190894
    Abstract: Technologies for controlling degradation of a sensor mote including detecting a trigger event and initiating degradation of at least a portion of the sensor mote in response to the trigger event. The trigger event may be embodied as any type of event detectable by the sensor mote such as a trigger signal, particular sensed data, expiration of a reference time period, completion of a task, and so forth. The sensor mote may imitate the degradation by, for example, controlling a valve to release a chemical stored in the sensor mote or allow a substance into the sensor mote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Glen J. Anderson, John C. Weast, Tobias M. Kohlenberg, Brian D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10184611
    Abstract: Flow sensors for, and a method of monitoring, a condensate drain. The method includes a) providing a flow sensor for detecting flow properties in a pipe and/or fitting carrying a medium, b) detecting a vibration behavior by means of a vibration converter at a measurement location provided on the flow sensor, and c) electronically evaluating the vibration behavior of a vibration body, wherein at the measurement location vibrations of a first region of the vibration body and a second region of the vibration body are recorded. The first region of the vibration body is provided at least partially in or adjacent to the flow of the medium, and the second region of the vibration body is outside the flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GESTRA AG
    Inventors: Sergej Janzen, Holger Schroter, Jurgen Klattenhoff
  • Patent number: 10184861
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a crack in a structural member includes a first fixable component having a first plate defining a top surface and a bottom surface. The first plate is at least partially transparent in at least a first area thereof, and the first fixable component further includes a mounting surface disposed away from the bottom surface of the plate. The system also includes a second fixable component having a second plate defining a top surface and a bottom surface defining a mounting area thereon. A distance between the mounting surface and the bottom surface of the first plate is greater than a thickness of the second plate defined between the top and bottom surfaces thereof. A measurement array and a pair of orthogonal crosshairs are disposed on respective ones of the first plate within the at least partially transparent area and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Gregory E. Lowitz
  • Patent number: 10180364
    Abstract: A load sensor includes: a substrate; a rib on the substrate; and two vertical transistors. Each vertical transistor includes: a gate electrode, a gate insulation film, and a semiconductor thin film on the side surface of the rib; a bottom electrode layer on a bottom of the substrate, on which the rib is not arranged, with contacting the semiconductor thin film; and a top electrode layer on a top of the rib with contacting the semiconductor thin film. Each vertical transistor flows current between the bottom electrode layer and the top electrode layer when a channel region is provided in the semiconductor thin film. Each straight line along normal line directions of the channel regions in the vertical transistors is arranged on a different side surface of the rib from each other, and has a predetermined angle between the straight lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroo Anan, Takashi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10175077
    Abstract: Elements of a single beam-forming array of ultrasonic transducer elements are selectively activated to direct two or more ultrasonic beams to a series of acoustic mirrors mounted to or fabricated at known locations at an inside surface of the pipe. The ultrasonic beams traverse measurement path segments at known angles through a fluid flowing through the pipe before being received back at the single transducer array. Fluid flow velocity along the fluid flow path is calculated as a function of a difference in time-of-flight (TOF) along first and second ultrasonic beam paths after subtracting TOF components contributed by known-length non-measurement path segments. The difference in TOF results from an additive downstream fluid flow velocity vector component along a first measurement path segment and a subtractive upstream fluid flow velocity vector component along a second measurement path segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthieu Chevrier, Michael Weitz
  • Patent number: 10175079
    Abstract: An encoder device and a fluid meter incorporating the encoder device is disclosed herein, wherein the fluid meter can embody a gas meter that monitors supply of gas to a consumer. The encoder device is configured to generate a signal with information that quantifies the supply of gas, for example, by associating the movement of a moveable element with a volume of fluid that flows through the gas meter The gas meter can include a metrological part with a housing that forms an interior space that wholly encloses the encoder device therein and can also be configured with an input/output member that conducts the signal from inside of the interior space to outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Giuseppe Triaca, Gary Martin Lawlor, Franco Morosini
  • Patent number: 10172475
    Abstract: A method of mathematically defining seat surface contours from quantitative definitions of relevant back, buttock and under-thigh surfaces of a sample of individuals, the method including adjusting a mathematical summary of the surfaces of the sample of individuals by means of a mathematical function of a summary statistic of the surfaces of the sample of individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Klaus Brauer
  • Patent number: 10175214
    Abstract: A sensor includes an electrode and a seed structure. The electrode is configured to measure current due to movement of particulate matter relative to the electrode. The seed structure is deposited on the electrode. The seed structure includes a plurality of elongated members extending outward from the surface of the electrode. The elongated members are configured to promote charge transfer to particles and/or agglomerates of the particulate matter during operation of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: EMISENSE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Klaus Allmendinger, Joe Fitzpatrick, Brett Henderson, Anthoniraj Lourdhusamy, Lee Sorensen, James Steppan, Gangquiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10168255
    Abstract: System, method, and apparatus embodiments characterize potential air emissions during the pig receiver depressurization. The mass flow rate, pressure, and temperature of exhaust gas released from the pig receiver are ascertained using a mass flow meter, pressure gauge, and temperature gauge, respectively. A flow meter and control valve regulate flow of exhaust gas through a sampling line and into a grab sample collection train. The grab sample collection train includes grab sample containers (e.g., piston cylinders, double-ended cylinders, and evacuated canisters) that collect exhaust gas samples over a range of pressures. The exhaust gas samples are used to determine the concentrations of gas components in the exhaust gas over the range of pressures. These concentrations are interpolated and/or extrapolated to provide a concentration versus pressure curve for each identified component in the exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MARKWEST ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
    Inventor: David Johnsen
  • Patent number: 10166942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a measurement arrangement for detecting an occupancy of a motor vehicle seat arrangement with at least one seat, which comprises a sensor arrangement with at least one sensor (10) for detecting a deformation of a lower side (21) facing away from the seating surface or of a force loading by a lower side (21) facing away from the seating surface of a seat cushion (20) of at least one seat of the motor vehicle seat arrangement, which is fastened on a structural element (40) of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hoefgen-Allmann
  • Patent number: 10168235
    Abstract: A stretchable piezoelectric sensor applied to logistics for real-time monitoring includes a stretchable flexible substrate and a conductive layer formed on the flexible substrate. A plurality of sensing members corresponding in number to end faces of a packaging box is adhered to the conductive layer. When the piezoelectric sensor is placed at the bottom of the packaging box containing goods, two ends of the piezoelectric sensor can be stretched to fit on the diagonal corners of the packaging box, and the sensing members are located on the respective end faces of the packaging box to achieve an all-round monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Cheng Hsin Chuang, Wan Jung Chang, Chung Lin Huang, Jian Ping Su, Cheng An Wang
  • Patent number: 10168234
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an intelligent test device for a substrate, comprising a main case, a detection turntable, a feeding mechanism, a contact detection mechanism for testing the OFF-pressure of contacts from spring pieces, a discharging mechanism and an electric control box, the detection turntable, the feeding mechanism, the contact detection mechanism and the discharging mechanism being all ON-connected to the electric control box. The test device of the present invention can complete the OFF-pressure detection of the longitudinal and transverse contacts of the substrate automatically without requiring any manual operation, thus the test device of the present invention is easy to use, and the detection accuracy and the detection efficiency are high. Furthermore, the ex-factory pass rate of products is guaranteed, the cost is reduced and defective substrates can be classified and sorted automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ZHUHAI SEPSTAR ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhijie Yao, Hui Tan, Jun Hong
  • Patent number: 10161781
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for dispensing a liquid, including a vertically arranged, translucent pipe for guiding the liquid, wherein the pipe has an upper section and a lower section, wherein an inner diameter of the upper section is greater than an inner diameter of the lower section, at least two light barriers for detecting a rise in the liquid over two defined levels in the pipe, wherein a first light barrier detects a rise in the liquid in the upper section of the pipe, and wherein a second light barrier detects a rise in the liquid in the lower section of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Müller, Thomas Baumgartner, Ralf Bernhard
  • Patent number: 10161771
    Abstract: A measurement device includes: a casing that includes a first air duct with an air inlet; a straightening grid; a first chamber; an opening plate including an opening; a second chamber; pressure sensors configured to measure a first pressure, a second pressure, and a third pressure, the first pressure being air pressure from the air inlet to the straightening grid, the second pressure being air pressure in the first chamber, the third pressure being air pressure in the second chamber; a specific opening configured to allow the opening plate to be replaceable; an open/close portion configured to open and close the specific opening; and a duct forming a second air duct between the measurement device and a measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SANYO DENKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Koike, Tomoaki Ikeda, Takahisa Toda, Yo Muramatsu, Katsumichi Ishihara, Hikaru Urushimoto
  • Patent number: 10155569
    Abstract: A swivel (100) for a mooring line comprises a first element (110) with a first line coupler (111) and a second element (112) with a second line coupler (113). The first element (110) and the second element (112) are rotatable relative to each other. An electric power generator (120) converts a relative rotation between the first element (110) and the second element (112) into electric power. In use, the line couplers (111, 113) are attached to separate segments of the mooring line. A pull F applied to or relieved from the mooring line causes the relative rotation. The swivel preferably contains a battery and a control unit, and may supply power to one or more sensors (130) built into or external to the swivel (100). A system for monitoring a mooring arrangement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ABYSSUS MARINE SERVICES AS
    Inventor: Tjøm J. Kyrre
  • Patent number: 10156551
    Abstract: A sampling system comprising an external sampling assembly in fluidic communication with a process sample manager is provided herein. The sampling system can automatically acquire sample from one or more sources of sample to prepare sample for injection into a column or detector. The external sampling assembly has an external sampling valve connected to an external pump and is in fluidic communication with a process sample manager. The external sampling valve has a first configuration and a second configuration useful in three steps of drawing, loading and discharging sample. Two selection valves can be connected to a plurality of external sampling valves for sequential sampling of multiple sources of sample. Sample can also be diluted in the process sample manager and then combined in a solvent composition stream for injection into the column or the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sylvain Cormier
  • Patent number: 10149630
    Abstract: Presented herein are methods of using ferrofluid droplets as mechanical actuators that work across length scales of nanometers to millimeters. These novel actuators and methods of using them can be used to determine mechanical properties of soft materials. The actuators allow calculation of a soft material's viscosity, elastic modulus, and other mechanical properties. The methods and devices of the invention may be employed in biological materials, including live cells and tissues, and may be used to profile the mechanical properties of such living materials or to manipulate biological processes therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Otger Campás, Friedhelm Serwane
  • Patent number: 10151609
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring device for measuring a flow rate of an electrically conducting medium in a volume which is permeated by a magnetic field, comprising a device for producing the magnetic field, at least one resistor, at least two electrodes, the at least two electrodes being electrically interconnected via the at least one resistor, and an evaluation unit for evaluating the measurement signal of the electrodes measured in parallel to the at least one resistor, and for calculating the flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: EICON GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Wolff, Henry Buhns
  • Patent number: 10151653
    Abstract: A system for reproducing a dry friction torque applied to an actuator on a valve of a hydraulic line including a disc coupled to a power transmission shaft; a disc brake including a caliper mounted on a frame and plates adapted to be put into contact with the disc; and an electric actuator configured to control the force of application of the plates onto the disc so as to apply a controlled resistive torque to the power transmission shaft, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Olivier Faye, Anthony Caron, Philippe Nomerange, Serge Legonidec