Patents Examined by Isiaka O. Akanbi
  • Patent number: 10352874
    Abstract: A method and an associated device for verifying the transmittance of a flat-glass substrate. Light of a light source is guided through the flat-glass substrate and is captured by a receiving unit. The transmittance of the flat-glass substrate is determined by means of a comparison between the intensity of the light emitted by the light source and the light incident upon the receiving unit. In a first measurement, a light source generates polychromatic light, wherein the transmittance is determined at a point of the flat-glass substrate. In at least one further measurement, a light source generates monochromatic light of a defined wavelength, the transmittance also being determined at the same point of the flat-glass substrate. By comparing the at least two measurements, it is determined whether the transmittance is approximately the same or not the same in all measurements, in order to narrow down the cause for a reduced transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Gibite AG
    Inventors: Dieter Olschewski, Ina Döhring, Peter Lüke
  • Patent number: 10352817
    Abstract: A device and method for geometrically measuring an object, with a base and a carrier device arranged thereon for the object, at least one reference object which can be fixed relative to the base, at least one distance measuring system, by means of which a distance between the reference object and the surface of the object facing the reference object can be determined, and an object holder having an upper side and a lower side, to which the object can be attached, wherein the object holder can be selectively arranged in a first orientation and a second orientation on the carrier device, wherein the distance measuring system and the object holder are movable relative to each other in order to scan the surface of the object, and the object holder has on the upper side thereof and on the lower side thereof respective reference structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR HOBSON LTD.
    Inventors: Thilo May, Christian Am Weg, Gernot Berger, Ralf Nicolaus, Jurgen Petter
  • Patent number: 10340165
    Abstract: A semiconductor tool includes an illumination source to generate an illumination beam, one or more illumination optical elements to direct a portion of the illumination beam to a sample, a detector, one or more collection optical elements to direct radiation emanating from the sample to the detector, and a controller communicatively coupled to the detector. The controller is configured to measure alignment at a plurality of locations across the sample to generate alignment data, select an analysis area for alignment zone determination, divide the analysis area into two or more alignment zones having different alignment signatures; model the alignment data of at least a first alignment zone of the two or more alignment zones using a first alignment model, and model the alignment data of at least a second alignment zone of the two or more alignment zones using a second alignment model different than the first alignment model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Nabeth, Onur N. Demirer, Ramkumar Karur-Shanmugam, Choon (George) Hoong Hoo, Christian Sparka, Hoyoung Heo, Stuart Sherwin, Fatima Anis, Mark D. Smith, William Pierson
  • Patent number: 10327646
    Abstract: A photoacoustic remote sensing system (NI-PARS) for imaging a subsurface structure in a sample, has an excitation beam configured to generate ultrasonic signals in the sample at an excitation location; an interrogation beam incident on the sample at the excitation location, a portion of the interrogation beam returning from the sample that is indicative of the generated ultrasonic signals; an optical system that focuses at least one of the excitation beam and the interrogation beam with a focal point that is below the surface of the sample; and a detector that detects the returning portion of the interrogation beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: illumiSonics Inc.
    Inventors: Parsin Haji Reza, Roger Zemp
  • Patent number: 10330593
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes a plurality of reflectors arranged over an area, and a plurality of transceivers. A first of the transceivers is configured to transmit radiation at each of the plurality of reflectors at a first wavelength and a second wavelength, and receive radiation reflected from each of the plurality of reflectors. A second of the plurality of transceivers is configured to transmit radiation at each of the plurality of reflectors at a third wavelength and a fourth wavelength and receive radiation reflected from each of the plurality of reflectors. The apparatus includes a processor configured to calculate a change in concentration of a gas within the area between a first time and a second time based upon signals received from the transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: Eagle Technology, LLC, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy T. Dobler, T. Scott Zaccheo, Michael G. Braun, Nathan J. Blume, Timothy G. Pernini
  • Patent number: 10330466
    Abstract: Method of providing measuring light for triangulation-based distance measurement to an object to be measured, wherein distance information is derivable by detecting at least portions of the measuring light reflected at the object. The method comprises emitting light and shaping the light so that the measuring light is provided in form of a line having a midpoint and two opposite ends. The intensity distribution of the light across the line is adjusted so that a respective light intensity at the ends of the line is at least 10% higher than light intensity around the midpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Kipfer, Johan Stigwall, Thomas Jensen
  • Patent number: 10327450
    Abstract: A method of creating batches for food items conveyed by a conveyor means, comprises measuring an image profile for a food item, processing the measured image profile for the food item, cutting the food item into a plurality of portions based on the processed measured image profile, and distinguishing the portions within the partial batch from the remaining portions. The number of portions from one or more of subsequent food items needed to complete the partial batch is such that it fulfills the pre-defined batch-criteria taken from the same or similar area of the food items from where the partial batch originates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MAREL A/S
    Inventors: Steen Karlskov Petersen, Birgit Mortensen, Jesper Ågård Vuholm
  • Patent number: 10330566
    Abstract: In illustrative implementations of this invention, a lensometer includes a small aperture camera for capturing an image of light that travels from a display surface, through a subject lens and to the camera. One or more computers are programmed to perform calculations that take the image as an input and that compute, for each respective region in a set of regions of the subject lens, a refractive attribute of the respective region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EYENETRA, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Hofmann, Vitor Pamplona, Nathaniel Sharpe, Monica Mitiko Soares Matsumoto, Guilherme de Moraes Uzejka, Meng Yang
  • Patent number: 10323934
    Abstract: An optical protractor that employs a spiral phase plate resonator (SPPR) device for measuring a roll angle between two points on a static surface or a rotating surface. The protractor includes a tunable laser source that generates a laser beam. The SPPR device is responsive to the laser beam, and includes opposing reflective surfaces that reflect the beam back and forth in the device, where one of the reflective surfaces includes a spiral step index that causes multiple reflected beams having different phases to be combined as an output beam from the device having an optical vortex intensity pattern defined by the phases of the multiple beams, and where the intensity pattern includes radial light intensity lines. The protractor includes a lens that projects the output beam onto the element and the intensity pattern is detected to measure the roll angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Yisa S. Rumala
  • Patent number: 10324035
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems and methods for nondestructive testing of material to predict oncoming failure thereof. For example, components and/or elements of various devices may be nondestructively tested to predict and/or prevent failure of such components and elements during operation. In some embodiments, the components and/or elements may be tested without removal thereof from systems or devices (e.g., a wing of an airplane may be tested for oncoming failure without removing the wing from the airplane).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: James E. Patterson, Shawn Christopher Averett
  • Patent number: 10317205
    Abstract: Binocular depth-perception systems use binary, phase-antisymmetric gratings to cast point-source responses onto an array of photosensitive pixels. The gratings and arrays can be manufactured to tight tolerances using well characterized and readily available integrated-circuit fabrication techniques, and can thus be made small, cost-effective, and efficient. The gratings produce point-source responses that are large relative to the pitch of the pixels, and that exhibit wide ranges of spatial frequencies and orientations. Such point-source responses make it easy to distinguish the point-source responses from fixed-pattern noise the results from spatial frequencies of structures that form the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick R. Gill
  • Patent number: 10312121
    Abstract: A substrate support in a substrate processing system includes an inner portion arranged to support a substrate, an edge ring surrounding the inner portion, and a controller. The controller, to selectively cause the edge ring to engage the substrate and tilt the substrate, controls at least one actuator to at least one of raise and lower the edge ring and raise and lower the inner portion of the substrate support. The controller determines an alignment of a measurement device in the substrate processing system based on a signal reflected from a surface of the substrate when the substrate is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus Musselman, Andrew D. Bailey, III, Dmitry Opaits
  • Patent number: 10302551
    Abstract: A technique for measuring atmospheric conditions includes: at a computing device, receiving, from an imager, image data representing an image of an atmospheric region; creating a cloud mask from the image data, the cloud mask including a cloud area corresponding a first area in the image that is cloud covered and a non-cloud area corresponding a second area in the image that is substantially without cloud cover; determining a measurement location in the non-cloud area that is spaced apart from a boundary of the cloud area and from edges of the cloud mask; steering a line of sight of a sensor to correspond to the measurement location; and measuring an atmospheric condition with the sensor at the measurement location within the non-cloud area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Lietzke, John R. Holder, Anthony Wayne New
  • Patent number: 10288562
    Abstract: A light reflection imaging method for acquiring optical parameters and microstructures of tissues in a large area, comprising a turbid medium reflectance calculation method applicable at a random spatial distance and in an entire spatial frequency domain, and a method of measuring the reflectance of a turbid medium at high and low spatial frequencies and inverting the obtained light reflectance to obtain optical parameters of the medium. The inversion method may be a table lookup method or a formula fitting method. The measurement of sub-diffuse and diffuse light reflectance of the turbid medium can be used for measuring the optical properties of the turbid medium and microstructures including a phase function and the like in a large area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Min Xu
  • Patent number: 10288632
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for conducting the identification and quantification of micro-organisms, e.g., bacteria in biological samples. More particularly, the invention relates to a system comprising a cooling, heating and fan arrangement for maintaining a predetermined optimum temperature of the samples during testing; a visual, circumferential and axial alignment system for aligning the samples within the carousel; a transfer system for transferring the samples from the carousel to the centrifuge; a balancing system of minimizing the rotational vibrations of the centrifuge; a safety system and anti-tipping design for the sample containing system; liquid dispensing arms for dispensing the buffered saline solution; and discharge ports for discharging and disposing of the liquid removed from the samples to a location external of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Gal Ingber, William G. Atterbury, Dave Holley, Thomas A. Klausing, John S. Laudo, Jason A. Schaefer, Sherwood Talbert, John Tallarico
  • Patent number: 10281403
    Abstract: A sensor chip includes: a transparent support; a metal thin film formed on one surface of the transparent support; and a reaction section in which a ligand is immobilized on an other surface of the metal thin film that is not in contact with the transparent support, wherein the sensor chip also includes a closed space-forming member which forms a closed space such that at least the reaction section is housed in the closed space, and water content in the closed space is adjusted to satisfy: X/Y<10 (?g/mm2) (wherein, X represents the water content in the closed space; and Y represents the surface area of the metal thin film in the closed space).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Wada, Masataka Matsuo, Naoki Hikage, Masanori Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10281395
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dust measuring apparatus and method for measuring a dust concentration in a flow channel. The apparatus includes a flow channel unit for defining a flow channel allowing a fluid containing dust to move therethrough, a light emitter for emitting light into the flow channel, a light detector for detecting light scattered from the dust in the flow channel and converting it to an electrical detection signal, the light detector including a plurality of detectors having different light detection ranges, and a controller for controlling the flow channel unit, the light emitter and the light detector, wherein the controller is configured to receive detection signals from the detectors, compensate for an offset for the received detection signals, and measure a dust concentration based on the compensated detection signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Bolam Kim, Seonghong Park, Sangkeun Lee, Pilwon Jeong, Yongho Cho
  • Patent number: 10274315
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel alignment rack is described herein that includes at least one laser and a target. The laser is removably coupled to a wheel of a vehicle. The target corresponds to the laser and is disposed at an opposite end of the vehicle from the laser. The target is directly and removably coupled to a frame of the vehicle such that the target is aligned with the frame at a known angle. The wheel is aligned to the frame by comparing the known angle to an expected and actual position on the target where a beam of light from the laser strikes the target. Some embodiments of the claimed invention include at least a second laser and a second target similarly disposed. Various means of coupling the target or targets to the frame are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Stephen R. Hall, Christopher Johnson, Jason Simpson, Jedediah Knight
  • Patent number: 10274850
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus which includes a plurality of stations in which an imprint material supplied to an imprint region on a substrate is formed using a mold and a pattern is formed in the imprint region. The imprint apparatus includes: a holder provided in each of the plurality of stations and configured to hold the substrate and to adjust a temperature of the substrate; and a controller configured to output a target value used to adjust the temperature to the holder in a station in which a pattern is formed in a substrate among the plurality of stations on the basis of a size of the imprint region and a temperature of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Shunsuke Ota
  • Patent number: 10274369
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a UV-VIS spectrophotometer, such as a UV-VIS detector unit included in a high-performance liquid chromatography system. In one example, a system for the UV-VIS detector unit may include a first light source, a signal detector, a flow path positioned intermediate the first light source and the signal detector, a second light source, and a reference detector. The first light source, the signal detector, and the flow path may be aligned along a first axis, and the second light source and the reference detector may be aligned along a second axis, different than the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lowell Brunson, John Christopher Freitag, Theresa Thompson