Patents Examined by Harshad R Patel
  • Patent number: 10145749
    Abstract: A physical quantity measuring device includes: a sensor module provided with a diaphragm; a joint to which the sensor module is attached, the joint including a pressure inlet for delivering fluid to be measured to the sensor module. The joint is made of a synthetic resin and includes a joint body and an elastically deformable claw provided to the joint body and configured to lock the sensor module. Since the claw keeps the sensor module to be held by virtue of the elastic force of the claw, a further attachment process such as welding for attaching the sensor module to the joint is unnecessary. Since the joint body and the claw are integrally made of synthetic resin, it is not necessary to separately manufacture the joint body and the claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NAGANO KEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Abe, Shuji Tohyama, Haruhiko Sekiya
  • Patent number: 10145714
    Abstract: A field device, especially an ultrasonic, flow measuring device, comprising: a transmitter for producing an alternating exciter signal; and at least one transducer, especially first and second ultrasonic transducers. The transmitter additionally has a generator for producing the alternating exciter signal and a transmitting stage, wherein the generator is connected via the transmitting stage with at least the first ultrasonic transducer. An output of the transmitting stage is connected with the transducer, especially the first ultrasonic transducer, via a first signal path, wherein the first signal path has a first resistance element, wherein a second signal path branches from the first signal path, wherein the second signal path has a second resistance element connected on one side to ground for lessening impedance related fluctuations of the exciter signal, wherein the second signal path branches from the first signal path between the output of the transmitting stage and the first resistance element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Achim Wiest, Oliver Brumberg
  • Patent number: 10144424
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement structure includes a vehicle framework member having a hollow cross-section, a vicinity information detection sensor and a cover. The vicinity information detection sensor is attached to the vehicle framework member. At least a portion of the vicinity information detection sensor is disposed inside the hollow cross-section of the vehicle framework member. A detection portion that detects vicinity information of a vehicle is oriented toward a vehicle outer side of the vehicle framework member. The cover is disposed to oppose the detection portion and allows transmission of a detection carrier that is detected by the detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hara, Kazuki Sugie, Kosuke Sakakibara, Motoya Sakabe
  • Patent number: 10145760
    Abstract: A pump, including a compression compartment configured to receive, between first and second sides of the compartment, a flexible container holding a fluid and having an outlet; The pump also has a pump mechanism that is coupled to drive the first and second sides of the compartment together so as to force the fluid out of the container through the outlet. There are first and second electrodes the are fixed respectively to the first and second sides. The pump also includes a processor that is coupled to measure a capacitance between the first and second electrodes and to estimate, responsively to the capacitance, a volume of the fluid remaining in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Assaf Govari
  • Patent number: 10145812
    Abstract: A humidity-sensing device and a method of producing the humidity-sensing device. The humidity-sensing device is of capacitive type and includes a dielectric material with low permeability to moisture and an electrode with permeability to moisture greater than that of the dielectric material with which it is in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Abdelkader Aliane, Jean-Marie Verilhac
  • Patent number: 10139259
    Abstract: A system for metering gas a fluid stream includes a primary conduit and a secondary conduit coupled to the primary conduit such that the secondary conduit receives a portion of a fluid stream passing through the primary conduit. A flow manager disposed in the primary conduit is configured to maintain a predetermined relationship between at least one first physical characteristic of the fluid stream and at least one second physical characteristic of the portion of the fluid stream. A sensor measures a flow characteristic of the portion of the fluid stream and a processor determines a flow parameter of the fluid stream based, at least in part, on the predetermined relationship and one of an amplitude or temporal characteristic of the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nannan Chen, Ertugrul Berkcan, Mengli Wang, Roman Leon Artiuch
  • Patent number: 10139300
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure measuring device that can stably bond a strain detection element even to a diaphragm made of metal having a large coefficient of thermal expansion. In order to achieve the above object, the pressure measuring device of the present invention includes: a metal housing including a pressure introduction unit and a diaphragm deformed by a pressure introduced via the pressure introduction unit; and a strain detection element for detecting strain generated in the diaphragm, wherein a base made of a first brittle material is provided on the metal housing, and the strain detection element is bonded to the base via a second brittle material having a melting point lower than a melting point of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hio, Mizuki Shibata
  • Patent number: 10139186
    Abstract: Trigger pull force gauge and methods of use. The trigger pull force gauge includes a housing and an arm extending therefrom. The trigger pull force gauge can include a load cell located at a distal portion of the arm spaced from the housing. The arm can be movable with respect to the housing for selectively positioning the arm in a deployed position and a stowed position with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Battenfield Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cottrell, Michael Poehlman, James Gianladis, Adam J. Birk
  • Patent number: 10137851
    Abstract: The MEMS sensor of the invention has movable and fixed components for measuring acceleration in a rotational mode in a direction in-plane perpendicular to spring axis. The components include an element frame, a substrate, a proof-mass a spring connected to the proof-mass and to the substrate, and comb electrodes. The MEMS sensor is mainly characterized by an arrangement of the components causing an inherent sensitivity for measuring accelerations in a range covering longitudinal and transversal accelerations. One or more of the components are tilted compared to the element frame. The semiconductor package of the invention comprises at least one MEMS sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ville-Pekka Rytkönen, Matti Liukku
  • Patent number: 10139304
    Abstract: A detection method of a slow leak in a hydraulic occlusive system implantable in an animal or human body to occlude a natural conduit. The system includes a hydraulic circuit with an inflatable occlusive cuff containing a variable volume of fluid, surrounding a part of the natural conduit, a reservoir containing fluid, and a fluidic connection between the cuff and the reservoir. An activation device is coupled to a mobile element of the hydraulic circuit to transfer a determined volume of fluid from the reservoir to the cuff or from the cuff to the reservoir. A control unit urges the activation device to exert determined compression on the conduit. A variation of the compression exerted by the cuff on the conduit is created by transfer of an adjustable volume of said fluid between the reservoir and the cuff by measuring the evolution of the pressure in the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: UROMEMS
    Inventor: Hamid Lamraoui
  • Patent number: 10131340
    Abstract: For ascertaining at least one variable regarding a state of a brake fluid in a brake system of a vehicle, an evaluation unit is configured to determine the at least one variable by taking into account at least one pair of values of a provided or ascertained volume flow variable regarding a volume flow of at least a portion of the brake fluid through a flow resistance in the brake system and a provided or ascertained associated pressure drop variable regarding a pressure drop at the flow resistance through which the volume flow flows. For the at least one pair of values taken into account, a volume flow variable lies within a first specified limited value range and the pressure drop variable lies within a second specified limited value range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Bertram Foitzik, Dagobert Masur
  • Patent number: 10132706
    Abstract: An electronic device having a pressure detection system is disclosed. The electronic device may include one or more elements designed to detect pressure exerted on the electronic device. In some embodiments, the electronic device includes a membrane and a detection mechanism, both of which bend in response to a pressure change at the membrane. The membrane may be electrically coupled with a circuit that detects the bending of the membrane and correlates the bending with a pressure change at the membrane. A can may be hermetically sealed with the membrane and surround the circuit to shield the circuit from liquid ingress. In some embodiments, a light transmitter and light receiver are used to detect the bending of the membrane. The light may reflect from the membrane at different angles, based upon a shape of the membrane, and contact the receiving element at different locations, corresponding to pressure change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Perkins, Tyler S. Bushnell, David M. Pelletier, William C. Lukens, Steven P. Cardinali, Rex T. Ehman
  • Patent number: 10126187
    Abstract: A device for measuring force and for monitoring wear on overhead lines includes a force-measuring system which includes two contact bars which, in an operating state, are oriented at a right angle to an overhead line to be monitored, and two connection bars, which, in the operating state, are oriented parallel to the overhead line. A bar-shaped force transducer is fastened to each end portion of the two connection bars and each of the bar-shaped force transducers extends in an axial direction of the respective connection bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Viel
  • Patent number: 10126196
    Abstract: A multi-condition sensor, comprising a housing defining a component cavity, a pressure input tube disposed through the housing, a fault actuator disposed within the component cavity of the housing and in pressure communication with the pressure input tube through the housing, wherein the fault actuator is configured to extend and contract as a function of pressure from the pressure input tube, an alarm actuator disposed within the component cavity of the housing opposite the fault actuator and configured to be actuated by the fault actuator and to extend to a maximum fault position, and an adjustable alarm contact disposed on an opposite side of the alarm actuator within the component cavity and configured to be adjusted to a predetermined extension length from the housing to provide a predetermined alarm contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Wallace, Benjamin Codispoti, Lawrence A. Coreth, David W. Frasure
  • Patent number: 10126192
    Abstract: A pressure sensor device having a chamber filled with a pressure transfer medium, the chamber having at least one window that at least partly transfers pressure waves in a fluid; an optical fiber extending longitudinally through the chamber, the optical fiber including a Fiber Bragg Grating and two mounting spots at opposite sides of the Fiber Bragg Grating; a frame having a first frame end and a longitudinally opposite second frame end; a pressure response assembly connected in parallel to a fiber portion between the two mounting spots, the pressure response assembly including a series arrangement of a pressure response element and a movement damper; and a resilient member connected in series to the frame and to a parallel arrangement of the fiber portion and the pressure response assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FUGRO TECHNOLOGY B.V.
    Inventors: Willem De Jong, German Enrique Knoppers, Devrez Mehmet Karabacak, Bastiaan Meulblok
  • Patent number: 10124842
    Abstract: A tracked drive assembly for a work machine comprises a crawler frame, a crawler track, a drive wheel and a guide wheel, and an arrangement of running wheels coupled to the crawler frame, wherein the tracked drive assembly has a sensor system comprising a sensor for each of the outer running wheels of the running wheel arrangement, which are positioned or located adjacent to the drive wheel and the guide wheel, and at least one other running wheel which is arranged between the outer running wheels, wherein the force introduced into the crawler track via the respective running wheel can be determined by way of the sensor. A method for determining the ground pressure distribution below a work machine includes exposing the sensor to a compressive load at a running wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Group France SAS
    Inventor: Bernd Backes
  • Patent number: 10124457
    Abstract: In order to make it possible to inspect a deteriorated state of a spindle incorporated in a machine tool without disassembling the machine tool, a command for speed V0 is output to the spindle and, when the rotating speed of the spindle reaches V0, power of a spindle motor is interrupted and a timer is started. The spindle continues to rotate with inertia while decelerating. Time T clocked by the timer when the spindle speed decreases to zero is read. When time T is outside a range between the upper and lower limits, the spindle is in the deteriorated state, and an alarm is output. When time T is not greater than the lower limit, the spindle and a bearing of the spindle are deteriorated and friction resistance increases. When time T is larger than the upper limit, oil holding force of grease of the bearing is deteriorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuzou Inaguchi
  • Patent number: 10113993
    Abstract: A system for non-destructively characterizing laser welds that includes at least one phased array probe that includes a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements arranged in an array at one end of the probe, wherein the transducer elements are operative to both generate ultrasonic signals and to receive reflections thereof, wherein the transducer elements are further arranged into discrete subgroups, and wherein each subgroup may be activated independently of the other subgroups and at different time intervals; a combination of materials for allowing the probe to conform to a contoured surface of a laser weld while enabling sound energy to be transferred directly into a laser weld under test conditions, wherein the combination of materials further includes a flexible membrane mounted on the end of the probe and a fluid filled chamber material disposed between the membrane and the array of ultrasonic transducer elements; and a data processor in communication with the at least one phased array probe that incl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Edison Welding Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Spencer, Paul C. Boulware, Jeong K. Na
  • Patent number: 10113996
    Abstract: A chromatography lab system comprising a cooling compartment arranged to hold both fraction collector devices and sample containers, whereby the cooling compartment comprises an identifying device which is arranged to identify the fraction collector devices such that fractions from the chromatography are collected only in the fraction collector devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Bjorn Markus Olovsson, Karol Maciej Lacki, Mikael Johan Helmer Eugene Berg
  • Patent number: 10113872
    Abstract: MEMS device having a support region elastically carrying a suspended mass through first elastic elements. A tuned dynamic absorber is elastically coupled to the suspended mass and configured to dampen quadrature forces acting on the suspended mass at the natural oscillation frequency of the dynamic absorber. The tuned dynamic absorber is formed by a damping mass coupled to the suspended mass through second elastic elements. In an embodiment, the suspended mass and the damping mass are formed in a same structural layer, for example of semiconductor material, and the damping mass is surrounded by the suspended mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Luca Giuseppe Falorni, Carlo Valzasina, Roberto Carminati, Alessandro Tocchio