Patents Examined by Harshad R Patel
  • Patent number: 10113938
    Abstract: A test apparatus for simulated testing of a motor vehicle on at least one test bench includes a frame structure in the form of a functional model of the motor vehicle structure. The frame structure includes a front frame section with a functional front axle model, a rear frame section with a functional rear axle model and a middle frame section arranged between the front frame section and the rear section. The length of frame structure is variably adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Klaus Osterhage
  • Patent number: 10114000
    Abstract: An assembly for sensing flow material in a passage of a member is disclosed. The assembly has a housing, a communication device disposed at least partially in the housing, and a controller disposed at least partially in the housing. The assembly also has a sensor array disposed at least partially in the housing, and an external-surface-mounting attachment portion configured to non-intrusively attach the assembly to a surface. The sensor array includes a pressure sensor, a density sensor, a corrosion sensor, and a vibration sensor. The controller controls the communication device to transmit sensed data collected by the sensor array at a frequency of between about one transmission per second and about fifty transmissions per second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Meade Lewis, Justin Stewart
  • Patent number: 10113890
    Abstract: A measuring arrangement, comprising: a pipe with a pipe axis and an ultrasonic, flow measuring device. The ultrasonic, flow measuring device has a sensor unit, which is fixed in a hole in the pipe, which hole is introduced essentially perpendicularly to the pipe axis into the pipe wall. The sensor unit has a rail or a rod with a longitudinal axis. The rail or the rod bears at least two ultrasonic transducers, which define a signal path, wherein the signal path extends parallel to or on the longitudinal axis of the rail or of the rod, and wherein the signal path is tilted from a perpendicular connecting line between the center point of the hole and the pipe axis. In addition, an ultrasonic, flow measuring device is noted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Pierre Ueberschlag, Patrick Oudoire
  • Patent number: 10107089
    Abstract: Top drive movement measurement system having a sensor module configured to be disposed about and couple to a component of a top drive system, a first plurality of sensors of the sensor module, wherein the first plurality of sensors is configured to detect lateral movement of the component of the top drive system, and a second plurality of sensors of the sensor module, wherein the second plurality of sensors is configured to detect one or more compression or tension forces in the component of the top drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES USA, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Greening, Marinel Mihai, Brian Dewald, Piew Soe Saw
  • Patent number: 10107659
    Abstract: A sensor-clamp device for clamping a pipe of different outer-diameters promptly without having to do a time-consuming sensor-position adjustment includes a pair of ultrasonic-sensors incorporating an ultrasonic-transducer for sending and receiving ultrasonic-waves ‘So’ and further includes a supporting-plate on which is provided a sliding-mechanism. The pair of ultrasonic-sensors clamps the outer-wall of the pipe in which flows a fluid W1. Of the supporting-plate, the pair of ultrasonic-sensors used in irradiating the ultrasonic-waves ‘So’ obliquely to the pipe are offset in the axial-line direction of the pipe and firmly placed face to face. The sliding-mechanism slides one of the pair of ultrasonic-sensors obliquely with respect to the axial-line direction of the pipe, thus making the sliding-mechanism to clamp the pipe of various outer-diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagareda, Yuki Murai, Kiyoshi Natsume, Yuichi Maida
  • Patent number: 10107670
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium in a container comprising an oscillatable unit for introduction into the container; a housing, wherein the oscillatable unit is connected with the housing such that the oscillatable unit closes the housing terminally; at least one hollow space in the oscillatable unit which is accessible from an inner space formed by the housing; and a driving/receiving unit for exciting the oscillatable unit to execute mechanical oscillations and for receiving the mechanical oscillations and for transducing them into an electrical, received signal. Inventive features including that the driving/receiving unit is present in such a manner in the hollow space and that the hollow space is filled with a potting material in such a manner that the driving/receiving unit is connected via the potting material for force coupling with a wall of the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO.KG
    Inventors: Volker Dreyer, Sergej Lopatin, Benjamin Mack, Alexander Muller, Helmut Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10107702
    Abstract: Pressure sensor having a support element extending in a longitudinal direction and bearing a pressure-sensitive element, the sensor having a threaded portion for mounting the sensor in a threaded housing in a pressurized fluid apparatus, the support element having a shoulder forming an abutment surface that is not parallel to the longitudinal axis, to allow the sensor to be positioned in a predetermined position in a direction parallel to the longitudinal direction, wherein the threaded portion is formed on a tightening nut which is separate and movable with respect to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventor: Antoine Frenal
  • Patent number: 10101254
    Abstract: A detecting apparatus includes: a lifting mechanism section that is provided with a lifting portion for lifting honeycomb structures and a shelf plate; an actual load value measuring section that measures an actual load value; a total load value calculating section that adds up the plurality of measured actual load value; a total load value determining section that compares a standard total weight value of the honeycomb structures and the shelf plate to the total load value and determines whether to satisfy a total load value determining condition; an actual load value determining section that compares the actual load value to the specified load value and determines whether to satisfy an actual load value determining condition; and a shelf-plate crack determining section that determines that the shelf plate is cracked when the total load value determining condition or the actual load value determining condition is not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chikashi Ihara, Takeshi Tokunaga, Kazuyuki Yamasawa
  • Patent number: 10101251
    Abstract: A load testing system comprising a load frame device adapted to load test one or more test specimens and to generate load test measurements; one or more environment controlling chambers adapted to be positioned within the load testing frame for subjecting the one or more test specimens to desired environmental conditions; one or more environment condition regulators adapted to be connected to the one or more environment controlling chambers for regulating the desired environmental conditions; a data acquisition device for receiving sustain load measurements of the one or more test specimens and environmental condition measurements to which the one or more test specimens are subjected during the load test; and a load monitoring device adapted to be connected to the data acquisition device for receiving and monitoring the sustain load measurements and the corresponding environmental condition measurements as a function of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: United Arab Emirates University
    Inventors: Abdel-Hamid Ismail Mourad, Ali Hilal Alnaqbi
  • Patent number: 10103084
    Abstract: Systems and methods for setting, assembling, and/or monitoring deflection (and thus load) in a load beam of a clamping system for a press pack high power semiconductor. The clamping system includes an assembly of a heat sink, a clamp component, and a semiconductor package. The clamp component includes two or more bolts securely connecting a load beam to the heat sink, with the semiconductor package sandwiched between the load beam and the heat sink. A detector and a calibration gage can be assembled onto the clamping system to detect and/or measure the depth of curvature of the load beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LWE, INC.
    Inventor: Al Powers
  • Patent number: 10101193
    Abstract: A fluid level sensor may include a first sound transducer, a second sound transducer, a reference element, a first deflection element, and a control unit. The reference element may be disposed at a predetermined distance from the second sound transducer and arranged in a fluid space of the fluid container. The first deflection element may be arranged in the fluid space to deflect the second sound signals by a first predetermined angle toward the fluid surface. The control unit may establish a speed of sound within a fluid in the fluid space based at least in part on the second sound signals and establish the level of the fluid surface over a base portion of the fluid container based at least in part on the first sound signals, the second sound signals, and the speed of sound within the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Pfeiffer, Claus Webber, Henning Grotevent, Wighard Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10101228
    Abstract: A position indicator includes a capacitor having a capacitance that changes in correspondence to a force applied to one end part of a housing. The capacitor is configured by a pressure detecting chip that includes a first electrode and a second electrode disposed opposite to the first electrode with a predetermined distance defined therebetween to have capacitance Cv formed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The capacitance Cv changes when the force applied to the one end part of the housing is transmitted to the first electrode to thereby change a relationship (e.g., the distance) between the two electrodes. A pressure transmitting member having predetermined elasticity is disposed on the first electrode such that the force applied to the one end part of the housing is transmitted to the first electrode of the semiconductor element via the pressure transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Horie, Hidetaka Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 10101377
    Abstract: The thermal monitoring of a converter for an electric motor of a vehicle should be improved. Therefore, the invention relates to a method in which the temperature of the converter is measured. In addition, the output power of the converter is determined. The temperature of the converter is estimated using a thermal model of the converter having the output power as an input variable. The estimated temperature is compared with the measured temperature, and a corresponding monitoring signal is provided. Thus, a deviation of the measured temperature for the calculated temperature and thus a corresponding error in the cooling system can be detected even in the partial-load range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10094751
    Abstract: A method of determining damage tolerance allowables in a specimen, the method includes applying a cyclic load to a specimen until a first crack emanates from a notch in the specimen, the cyclic load having a maximum load and a minimum load. The method also includes applying a subsequent cyclic load to the specimen until the first crack grows to form a second crack emanating from the first crack, the subsequent cyclic load having the same maximum load but a greater minimum load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Li, Bogdan R. Krasnowski
  • Patent number: 10094691
    Abstract: A flow sensor arrangement for determining the flow of a fluid comprises a substrate. A heater is arranged in or on the substrate as well as at least one first thermocouple for generating a first signal proportional to a temperature difference between a location downstream from the heater and a first reference location, and at least one second thermocouple for generating a second signal proportional to a temperature difference between a location upstream from the heater and a second reference location which second reference location is different from the first reference location. In addition, at least one third thermocouple is arranged in or on the substrate for generating a third signal proportional to a temperature difference between the first reference location and the second reference location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: Harry Figi, Mark Hornung, Robert Wuest
  • Patent number: 10094746
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracting an analyte from a liquid sample having a container with an entrance, an exit, and a passage therebetween for passage of a liquid sample containing an analyte, the container having a full diameter bed region and a reduced diameter bed region. The container includes a layered construction extending across the passage, having from top to bottom: (i) an upper flow distributor/support layer, (ii) an upper compression layer, (iii) an extraction layer of microparticulate extraction medium adjacent to the layer (ii), and (iv) a lower compression layer located adjacent to the extraction layer (iii). At least some of the layers are located in the full diameter bed region, and some of the layers are located in the reduced diameter bed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TECAN SP, INC.
    Inventors: Philip A. Dimson, Bruce Redmond
  • Patent number: 10094723
    Abstract: A sensor includes a film portion and a first sensor portion. The film portion is deformable. The first sensor portion is provided at the film portion. The first sensor portion includes a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, a first magnetic layer, a second magnetic layer, and a first intermediate layer. The second conductive layer is provided between the first conductive layer and the film portion. The first magnetic layer is provided between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer. The second magnetic layer is provided between the first magnetic layer and the second conductive layer. The first intermediate layer is provided between the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer. A curvature of the first conductive layer is different from a curvature of at least a portion of the film portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenji Otsu, Michiko Hara, Yoshihiko Fuji, Kei Masunishi, Akiko Yuzawa, Tomohiko Nagata, Shiori Kaji, Yoshihiro Higashi, Kazuaki Okamoto, Shotaro Baba
  • Patent number: 10088937
    Abstract: A method is provided for fabricating a bending beam sensor coupled to a touch input device. The method includes providing a bending beam. The method also includes placing a first strain gauge and a second strain gauge on a surface of the beam near a first end of the beam, and aligning the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge with the beam along an axis. The first end is attached to a base. The method further includes coupling the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge to a plate of the touch input device and electrically connecting the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge such that a differential signal is obtained from the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge when a load is applied on the plate of the touch input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Storrs T. Hoen, Peteris K. Augenbergs, John M. Brock, Jonah A. Harley, Sam Rhea Sarcia
  • Patent number: 10088464
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising an intake, configured to receive an emission from a pharmaceutical, a sensor, coupled to the intake, configured for detecting one or more constituents in the emission, a processor, configured for, collecting data from the sensor regarding the one or more constituents, and analyzing the data to determine an analysis result, and a display device, coupled to the vaporizer component, configured for displaying the analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10082411
    Abstract: A pitot tube assembly for a centrifugal pump includes an extension arm having a tubular body with opposing ends, at least one pickup tube secured to one of the opposing ends of the extension arm, a terminal portion positioned at the other end of the extension arm and a tapered fitting provided toward the end of the extension arm opposite to the end of the extension arm to which the pickup tube is secured, where the tapered fitting provides a frustum surface for registration with a frustoconically-shaped bore of a portion of the pump to provide axial, radial and torsional stability to the pitot tube assembly during pump operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Envirotech Pumpsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryce Neilson