Patents Examined by Huy Q. Phan
  • Patent number: 10976382
    Abstract: Even in a case in which a comb-teeth shape is provided at an end portion of a cover covering an opening in a magnetic shield case that accommodates a magnetic sensor, the present disclosure obtains a magnetic sensor device and a housing therefor capable of maintaining the strength of a comb-teeth portion. The magnetic sensor device and the housing therefor include: a comb-teeth portion in which protrusions are formed in the shape of comb teeth along an intersecting direction intersecting a conveying direction, the comb-teeth portion being formed at an end portion of a cover with respect to the conveying direction, the cover covering an opening in a magnetic shield case that accommodates a magnetic sensor; and support members formed on a lateral face of the magnetic shield case, the support members supporting the protrusions on the side opposite to the conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Matsui, Tomokazu Ogomi, Sadaaki Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10969435
    Abstract: A system for magnetic field testing comprising a magnetic field generation device configured to generate a magnetic field in a rotor, a plurality of magnetic field measurement devices configured to measure a magnetic field at a predetermined position on the rotor, a drive mechanism configured to rotate the rotor and a test system configured to record the plurality of magnetic field measurements as a function of an angular position of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Brandon & Clark, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott W. Clark
  • Patent number: 10972063
    Abstract: Amplifier systems for measuring a wide range of current are provided herein. In certain embodiments, an amplifier system includes a controllable sensing circuit, a first amplifier including an output configured to drive a device under test (DUT) through the controllable sensing circuit, and a second amplifier including an input coupled to the controllable sensing circuit and operable to generate a measurement signal indicating an amount of measured current of the DUT. The amplifier system further includes a control circuit operable to control a configuration or mode of the controllable sensing circuit suitable for a particular type of DUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Simon Nicholas Fiedler Basilico, Yoshinori Kusuda, Camille Louis Huin, Gary Carreau, Gustavo Castro, Sean Patrick Kowalik, Michael C. W. Coln, Scott Andrew Hunt
  • Patent number: 10969428
    Abstract: Provided is a method of inspecting a pattern defect. The method includes: applying a voltage to an object to be inspected and measuring an inspection signal generated in a pattern of the object to be inspected due to the voltage applied to the object to be inspected over time; generating an intensity image showing a relationship between an intensity of the inspection signal measured in the pattern and a time by processing the inspection signal; and detecting a pattern defect position by comparing the intensity image with a comparative intensity image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Hoon Sohn, Chung-Sam Jun, Yu-Sin Yang
  • Patent number: 10968581
    Abstract: Provided are a magnetic marker and a magnetic marker detection system with a reduced magnetic force. The magnetic marker detection system (1S) in which magnetism generated from the magnetic marker (1) laid on a road surface (53) is detected by a magnetic sensor (2) attached to a vehicle's body floor (50) of a vehicle (5) is a system with the magnetic marker (1) and the magnetic sensor (2) in combination, the magnetic marker having a surface with a magnetic flux density equal to or smaller than 40 mT and the magnetic sensor using a magneto-impedance element including an amorphous wire as a magneto-sensitive body with impedance in a high-frequency region changing in accordance with an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10969245
    Abstract: Provided is a magnetic marker detection method with high detection reliability. The magnetic marker detection method for detecting a magnetic marker (10) laid on a road while a vehicle (5) having a plurality of, at least two or more, magnetic sensors attached thereto is travelling includes a gradient generating process of generating a first magnetic gradient, which is a difference between magnetic measurement values of two magnetic sensors and a filter processing process of generating a filter output value by performing filter processing by a high-pass filter as to a change of the first magnetic gradient in a travelling direction of the vehicle. The magnetic marker (10) is detected by an arithmetic operation process regarding the filter output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10962444
    Abstract: A belt drive monitoring system comprising a driver, a driven, the driver and driven connected by an endless member, a first magnetic member having a magnetic field attached to the driver, a second magnetic member having a magnetic field attached to the driven, a first sensor disposed to detect a changing magnetic field caused by passage of the first magnetic member, a second sensor disposed to detect a changing magnetic field caused by passage of the second magnetic member, a first transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit to a receiver a first data signal from the first sensor and a second transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit to the receiver a second data signal from the second sensor, and the receiver configured to manipulate the data signal whereby a system parameter is calculated and provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Kane Chinnel, John Ragan, Baron Sanders, Leslee Brown, Vladislav Soukhovei
  • Patent number: 10961670
    Abstract: Provided are a magnetic marker and a magnetic marker detection system with a reduced magnetic force. The magnetic marker detection system (1S) in which magnetism generated from the magnetic marker (1) laid on a road surface (53) is detected by a magnetic sensor (2) attached to a vehicle's body floor (50) of a vehicle (5) is a system with the magnetic marker (1) and the magnetic sensor (2) in combination, the magnetic marker having a magnetism reach ratio Gh/Gs, which is a ratio of a magnetic flux density Gh at a position at a height of 250 mm with respect to a magnetic flux density Gs of a surface, being equal to or larger than 0.5% and the magnetic sensor using a magneto-impedance element including a magneto-sensitive body with impedance changing in accordance with an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10962604
    Abstract: An arrangement for injection-based ground fault protection handling including a number of stator windings of an electric machine that are connected to a neutral point, a first transformer including at least one primary winding connected to at least one measurement point of the stator windings and at least one secondary winding for measuring an electrical quantity of the machine at the measurement point. There is also a second transformer having a primary winding connected between the neutral point and a ground potential and a secondary winding for connection to a signal generation and detection unit in order to inject a signal into the neutral point and receive a response. The impedance of the second transformer is in the range of the impedance of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Stefan Roxenborg, Zoran Gajic, Tord Bengtsson, Mikael Sehlstedt
  • Patent number: 10964131
    Abstract: A state monitoring device for a plate spring mounted on a railcar bogie is configured to monitor a state of the plate spring, the plate spring including fiber-reinforced resin containing electrically conductive reinforced fibers containing reinforced fibers extending in a longitudinal direction of the plate spring. The state monitoring device includes: an electrode pair provided at both width direction side end surfaces of the plate spring and sandwiching the plate spring, a width direction of the plate spring being perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the plate spring and a thickness direction of the plate spring; and a measuring unit electrically connected to the electrode pair and configured to measure an electrical characteristic of the plate spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Mitsue, Teruhisa Nakaoka, Tomohei Kobayashi, Katsuyuki Kawashima, Takehiro Nishimura, Yousuke Tsumura
  • Patent number: 10955580
    Abstract: Tools and methods for measuring resistivity are provided. The tool for measuring resistivity in a formation comprises a receiver module comprising a first electromagnetic signal receiver and a second electromagnetic signal receiver; a first electromagnetic signal transmitter removably coupled to one longitudinal end of the receiver module; a second electromagnetic signal transmitter removably coupled to the other longitudinal end of the receiver module; and each of the first and the second electromagnetic signal receivers configured to receive electromagnetic signals propagating in the formation from the first and the second electromagnetic signal transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Pulse Directional Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Edler, Steve Braisher
  • Patent number: 10955505
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes sequence controlling circuitry and processing circuitry. The sequence controlling circuitry is configured to acquire k-space data by executing a pulse sequence while performing undersampling. The processing circuitry is configured to generate an output target image by generating a folded image by applying a Fourier transform to the k-space data and further unfolding the folded image by performing a process that uses a regularization term. The processing circuitry applies a weight to the regularization term on the basis of whether or not each of the pixels in the output target image is included in an observation target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kanako Saito, Hidenori Takeshima
  • Patent number: 10946388
    Abstract: A wear gauge 10 comprises an elongate substrate 12 having a proximal end 14 and a distal end 16. At least a first row 18 of spaced electronic components 22.1, 22.3 . . . 22.n and a juxtaposed second row 20 of spaced electronic components 22.2, 22.4 . . . 22.n?1 are provided on the substrate. The first and second rows extend in a direction from the proximal end towards the distal end of the substrate. The electronic components 22.2 to 22.n?1 in the second row are spatially interposed between adjacent electronic components 22.1 to 22.n in the first row. The electronic components of the first and second rows are electrically connected in parallel by conductive tracks 19. An electrical parameter relating to the parallel connection as measured at a port 24 of the parallel connection towards the proximal end, changes as electronic components are removed from the connection from the distal end, to provide an indication of the extent of wear, as indicated by the arrow A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SOUTHERN CROSS TRADING 5 (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Gary Coenrad Gasson
  • Patent number: 10948621
    Abstract: A dielectric logging tool for use in a borehole that penetrates a subsurface formation, includes: at least one wall-contacting face with one or more embedded microstrip antennas including a transmit antenna; an oscillator that supplies a transmit signal; a coherent receiver that measures the one or more scattering coefficients; and a processor that derives a formation property from the one or more scattering coefficients. The tool may be conveyed along a borehole, with the scattering coefficients and derived formation property values associated with tool position and orientation to provide a permittivity log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Andrew Wilson, Luis San Martin, Li Pan, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10948316
    Abstract: The magnetic sensor of the invention has an element portion that is elongate, that exhibits magnetoresistive effect and that has a magnetically sensitive axis in a direction of a short axis thereof. The element portion is non-oval and can be arranged in an imaginary ellipse, wherein the imaginary ellipse has a major axis that connects both ends of the element portion with regard to a direction of a long axis thereof to each other and a minor axis that connects both ends of the element portion with regard to a direction of the short axisthereof to each other, as viewed in a direction that is perpendicular both to the short axis and to the long axis of the element portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Uchida, Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10947887
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for sensing particulate matter by a particulate matter (PM) sensor positioned upstream, or downstream, of a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system. The PM sensor may include a curved sensor surface having interdigitated electrodes of differing voltages disposed thereon. An inlet may be disposed to capture a sample flow of exhaust from an exhaust flow from a diesel engine. A conduit may be formed to direct the sample flow toward the curved sensor surface in a direction that may form an acute angle with a line normal to the curved sensor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Xiaogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10928421
    Abstract: A handheld differential contact probe includes a housing configured to be held in a hand of a user, a pair of probe arms carried by the housing, and a pair of opposing probe tip assemblies each carried by one of the respective probe arms and each having a probe tip circuit coupled to a probe tip at a distal end thereof. A probe tip span adjustment mechanism is carried by the housing and coupled to the pair of probe arms, and configured to adjust a span between the probe tips. A ground path mechanism is coupled between the probe tip circuits of the respective probe tip assemblies, and includes a pair of curved conductive ribbon springs each coupled at an outer end thereof to a respective probe tip circuit, and each curved conductive ribbon spring slidably engaging each other at a respective inner end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Swaim
  • Patent number: 10924018
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for tracking energy consumption. An energy tracking system comprises at least one switching element, at least one inductor and a control block to keep the output voltage at a pre-selected level. The switching elements are configured to apply the source of energy to the inductors. The control block compares the output voltage of the energy tracking system to a reference value and controls the switching of the switched elements in order to transfer energy for the primary voltage into a secondary voltage at the output of the energy tracking system. The electronic device further comprises an ON-time and OFF-time generator and an accumulator wherein the control block is coupled to receive a signal from the ON-time and OFF-time generator and generates switching signals for the at least one switching element in the form of ON-time pulses with a constant width ON-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Horst Diewald, Johann Zipperer, Peter Weber, Anton Brauchle
  • Patent number: 10914777
    Abstract: A system and method for an aircraft includes a probe, first and second current sensors, and a control circuit. The probe includes a heater that includes a resistive heating element routed through the probe, wherein an operational current is provided to the resistive heating element to provide heating for the probe. The first current sensor is configured to sense a first current through the resistive heating element, and the second current sensor is configured to sense a second current through the resistive heating element. The control circuit is configured to determine a leakage current based on the first and second currents and determine a remaining useful life the probe based on the leakage current over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Magdi A. Essawy, Ben Ping-Tao Fok, Thomas Wingert
  • Patent number: 10916973
    Abstract: A method for detecting a foreign object disposed in a charging area of a wireless power transmitter can include transmitting, by the wireless power transmitter, a power signal having a predetermined strength; measuring, via a controller, a peak frequency of the power signal; receiving, from a wireless power receiver, information about a reference peak frequency of the wireless power receiver; determining, via the controller, a threshold frequency based on the reference peak frequency; and determining, via the controller, whether the foreign object is present in the charging area based on a comparison of the measured peak frequency of the power signal with the determined threshold frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hee Park, Yong Il Kwon