Patents Examined by Hezron Williams
  • Patent number: 10302609
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to controlling a flow of a mixture of gas at a plurality of concentrations, controlling a temperature of a chamber over a temperature range, reading, by a computing device comprising a processor, gas absorbance values from a first detector included in the chamber over the plurality of concentrations and over the temperature range, generating at least one of a look-up table and a mathematical formula for the first detector based on the gas absorbance values, and causing the at least one of the look-up table and the mathematical formula to be stored in a second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Jitendra S. Chauhan
  • Patent number: 9534997
    Abstract: In one version of the invention, an apparatus intended for determining the disintegration time of rapidly disintegrating tablets is designed with a disintegration cell having two liquid inlets and outflow from the top. Visualization of tablet inside the disintegration cell is conducted using a camera aided by a base light source and images captured using a computer or any other recording system. Disintegration medium is introduced into the disintegration cell through both inlets to produce a swirling motion and images of the tablet disintegration process are captured. The captured images are analyzed in real-time or off-line, to determine the tablet disintegration time. A visual non-recording method using projected image may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Paul Wan Sia Heng, Parind Mahendrakumar Desai, Celine Valeria Liew
  • Patent number: 8806938
    Abstract: A specific gravity measuring apparatus includes a liquid bath, a measured object receiving member which is housed in the liquid bath via a support means in a non-contact manner and into and out of which a liquid within the liquid bath can freely flow, an aerial mounting member which is supported by the support means and on which a measured object is placed in order to measure gravity thereof in the air, and a weighing apparatus receiving and supporting the measured object receiving member via the support means. The weighing apparatus 5 is provided with a sensor and a measuring section. The aerial mounting member is provided in such a manner as to cover a part of an opening O at an upper part of the liquid bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Alfa Mirage Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sadanori Kondo
  • Patent number: 8746087
    Abstract: A system for sampling a bale of fibrous material is provided including a transportation mechanism for moving the bale from a first point to a second point and a first gripper for obtaining a sample from the bale when the bale is at a position between the first point and the second point. The gripper includes a movable finger for gripping the sample from the bale. An actuator comprising an actuating rod is provided for pushing the sample away from the movable finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: H.W.J. Designs for Agribusiness, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley P. Actis
  • Patent number: 8438901
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing stress on a surface, comprising one or more service assembly and one or more cleaning assembly. The service assembly comprises one or more means for applying dirt to said surface, or one or more means for scuffing said surface, or one or more means for dragging a test material across said surface, or a combination thereof. The cleaning assembly comprises one or more scrubber, or one or more burnisher, or a combination thereof. Also provided is a method of testing a surface with such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Walter Jay Gregory, Nilesh Shah, Theodore Tysak
  • Patent number: 8079245
    Abstract: A residential fuel measurement system for optimizing the fuel delivery including a sensor and transmission system with methods of use. The sensor includes a photo sensitive sensor for measuring the position of the existing fuel tank indicator. A transmission system transmits the position to central receiving station. Receiving station receives information, and other related information from third party sources and calculates a plurality of reports including fuel delivery routing, calibration, alarms and billing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: EnerTrac, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Owens, Richard H. Gibbs, Peter B. Hunt
  • Patent number: 8051724
    Abstract: A conduit system comprising: a conduit formed by a surface extending from a first end to a second end, wherein the conduit is configured to channel a mixture stream from the first end to the second end; and a plurality of fluid delivery features disposed along the conduit between the first end and the second end, wherein each fluid delivery feature is configured to deliver a conditioning fluid into the conduit in an annular formation in a direction angled towards the second end in the same direction as the flow of the mixture stream, thereby providing a sheath of conditioning fluid between the conduit surface and the mixture stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: SDCmaterials, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick P. Layman, Maximilian A. Biberger
  • Patent number: 8037762
    Abstract: Scanning probe microscopes include a probe tip coupled to a tuning fork or other acoustic resonator so as to apply a shear force when contacted to a specimen surface based on an applied acoustic signal. A secondary ultrasonic transducer is in acoustic communication with the specimen and a resonant structure. Probe tip-specimen displacement can be detected based on whispering gallery mode ultrasonic waves in the resonant structure using the secondary transducer, and such displacements maintained using feedback control based on whispering gallery mode acoustic wave magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: State of Oregon Acting by and through The State Board of Higher Education on Behalf of Portland State University
    Inventors: Andres H. La Rosa Flores, Richard Nordstrom, Sudhaprasanna Kumar Padigi
  • Patent number: 8028563
    Abstract: A cased hole pressure test tool is used to determine the integrity of cement between two points in a borehole in terms of permeability or transmissibility. The test tool drills at least one probe hole through the casing up to the cement. In one embodiment, two probes are set and the dissipation of a pressure pulse through the cement initiated by the first probe is observed by the second probe. In another embodiment, one probe hole is in hydraulic communication with the borehole fluid and a single offset probe is set in another probe hole. Fluid (water) is then added to the borehole to cause a pressure increase in the borehole fluid. Detection of the pressure increase through the cement by the offset probe is indicative of a loss of hydraulic isolation. Packers may be used to isolate the portion of the borehole under test. A mechanism for generating a pressure pulse of known magnitude is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Terizhandur S. Ramakrishnan, John Tombari
  • Patent number: 8028565
    Abstract: There is described a novel tool and method for the isolation and pressure-testing of connections, such as welds, between a vessel and a nozzle or branch pipe. The nozzle testing tool comprises an improved seal that expands into sealing contact as testing pressure is increased. The tool can also be easily adjusted in order to accommodate variations in nozzle configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Ceda Specialty Mechanical Services, LP
    Inventors: Horst Gotowik, Daniel Bamford, David Bamford
  • Patent number: 8028574
    Abstract: An oil level detecting device for detecting an oil level in an oil storing chamber formed in a crankcase of an engine includes a fan, a power generator and an oil level determination unit. The fan is rotated by an oil flow produced by dipping up oil for lubricating the engine. In response to rotation of the fan, the generator generates a corresponding amount of electric power on the basis of which the oil level determination unit determines the oil level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Tamechika
  • Patent number: 8024971
    Abstract: A convective accelerometer capable of measuring linear or angular acceleration, velocity, or angle of inclination is provided. The accelerometer comprises sensing elements that are sensitive to convection located inside a sealed housing containing a liquid agent. Applied external acceleration causes forced convection of the liquid agent, which produces variations in an electric current produced by the sensing elements that are proportional to the applied acceleration or angle of inclination. The accelerometer has a small size, extremely wide frequency and dynamic ranges, high sensitivity, simple design and is suitable for mass production. The device has a wide range of application, such as stabilization and control systems, homeland security, and oil exploration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Met Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir A. Kozlov, Vadim M. Agafonov
  • Patent number: 8020433
    Abstract: A fluid collection device comprising a body comprising a capsule interface, and a capsule configured to interface with the body via the capsule interface and configured to hold a sample receiving chip. The sample receiving chip comprises a substrate that receives an aliquot volume of a sample fluid, wherein the substrate is operatively shaped to receive the aliquot volume of sample fluid through capillary action, and a sample region of the substrate, sized such that the volume of the sample fluid is sufficient to operatively cover a portion of the sample region, whereupon energy properties of the sample fluid can be transduced to produce a sample fluid reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Tearlab Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Sullivan, Steve Zmina, Eric Donsky, Sasha Miu, Graeme John Bullock, Adam Ernest Donath, Fred Harry Davis, Andreas Knaack, Matthew Daniel Solomon, Erol Craig Harvey, Carl Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 8020425
    Abstract: A locating device, in particular a handheld locating device, for detecting objects enclosed in a medium, includes a first device for detecting objects enclosed in a medium, and having a control and evaluation unit for measurement signals of the locating device. The device has a second detection device that makes it possible to detect a predeterminable distance d of the locating device from a surface of a medium. In addition, a method for calibrating a measurement device, in particular for calibrating a handheld locating device for detecting objects enclosed in a medium, a reference measurement for calibrating the measurement device is carried out only after at least one measurement has been carried out of a distance d of the measurement device from a surface of a medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Skultety-Betz, Bjoern Haase, Michael Mahler, Ulli Hoffmann, Reiner Krapf, Christoph Wieland
  • Patent number: 8020438
    Abstract: A liquid characterization and level sensor with a coaxial probe attached to a closed loop servo circuitry combined with a DSP and novel algorithms to scan, lock and track signals to ascertain the level and purity of fluid in a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Meggitt (New Hampshire), Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Miskell, Vincent J. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 8020437
    Abstract: The invention relates to fluid sampling in a test that is used to determine physical and chemical characteristics of the fluids in a subterranean reservoir. The method reconstructs the entire pressure history of the fluid parcel that is captured in the fluid samplers during a test. Using this reconstructed pressure history of the samples, the quality of the samples, particularly, whether there is a phase change in the samples during the test, can be accurately quantified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Lang Zhan, Dhandayuthapani Kannan, James G. Filas, Graham Birkett
  • Patent number: 8015873
    Abstract: A duct detector housing includes a housing cover and a housing body defining a midline between the center of a detector and a printed circuit board within said body. Gas inlet and outlets are off axis of the midline to allow water that collects in conventional housing to drain from the housing. A maintenance mode button associated with a duct detector housing cover that is secured to a housing body of the housing provides a preselected time period during which removal of the cover is independent of a cover removal alarm. A printed circuit board within the housing has dedicated terminal blocks providing grouped connections with each of the groups segregated from another. An improved duct detector terminal has a hole in the terminal adapted to receive a test meter probe therethrough to provide an electrical contact between the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventors: David L. Hall, Peter Stouffer, James E. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8015888
    Abstract: A gas sorption sample chamber contains a plurality of thin-film substrates and fluidly couple said substrates to a Sieverts' device or other gas sorption analyzer. The thin-film substrates are held in proximity to each other in the sample chamber in a columnar arrangement, either in a stacked or slightly spaced configuration, to reduce free-gas volume in the sample chamber, thereby improving sorption test accuracy. The interior geometry of the chamber is configured to provide a minimal clearance between the thin-film substrates and the internal surfaces of the chamber, so that essentially all of the chamber volume is occupied by thin-film sample material and inactive substrate material. To facilitate use in a glove box, the chamber may be configured with a removable sample cartridge in which thin-film substrates are placed so that all substrates may be loaded and unloaded as a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Hy-Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Karl J. Gross
  • Patent number: 8015871
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sender unit for sensing the level of remaining fuel in a fuel tank utilizing a non-contacting sensor. The sender unit for sensing the level of remaining fuel in a fuel tank of a vehicle is fixed in the fuel tank to sense the level of the remaining fuel by detecting the position of a float that floats depending on the level of the liquid surface of the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Coavis
    Inventors: In-Seok Sohn, Kyeong-Hwan Kim, Mun-Sik Jeon, Hyung-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 8015872
    Abstract: A SAW-based humidity sensor apparatus with integrated signal conditioning on the same substrate. A micro-electronic circuit can be processed at a silicon substrate to obtain on-chip signal conditioning internally and the silicon substrate can be covered with a protective layer of, for example, silicon nitride. Surface acoustic wave media (e.g., a ZnO film) can be coated on top of the protective layer. A humidity sensitive film and two sets of interdigital transducers can then be deposited on the surface acoustic wave media. The humidity sensitive film absorbs moisture and changes the receiving frequency at the two sets of interdigital transducers. The output from the two sets of interdigital transducers can be processed by the micro-electronic circuit, which eliminates common mode noise and generates an output signal proportional to the humidity value tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Wenwei Zhang