Patents Examined by Jacques M. Saint-Surin
  • Patent number: 10416121
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a composite material molding jig includes a rigid portion and a convex portion for forming a groove for inserting an optical fiber sensor. The rigid portion has a surface for laminating prepreg sheets. The convex portion is formed in a surface side of the rigid portion. Further, according to one implementation, a composite material molding method is a method for molding a composite material, on which the groove for inserting the optical fiber sensor has been formed, by heating and curing a laminated body of the prepreg sheets laminated on the above-mentioned composite material molding jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Kohei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10408796
    Abstract: Systems and methods for non-destructive testing of specimens are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) includes an electro-permanent magnet (EPM) configured to controllably apply a biasing magnetic flux to a target location. The EPM includes a hard magnet, and a soft magnet at least partially enclosing the hard magnet. The EPM also includes a magnetizing coil having a plurality of turns at least partially encircling the soft magnet. The magnetizing coil is configured to controllably magnetically bias the soft magnet when a current is applied to the magnetizing coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Quest Integrated, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Dewayne Bondurant, Anthony Mactutis, Giovanni Nino
  • Patent number: 10408795
    Abstract: A method for checking a flexible line, the flexible line including at least one layer of armors (24, 25) surrounded by an external sheath (30), the external sheath (30) delimiting an internal space (33) receiving the layer of armors (24, 25) and including at least one medium (M) at the interface between the external sheath (30) and the internal space (33). The method includes sending an ultrasonic signal on a region to be checked of the external sheath (30), and receiving the reflected signal at the interface between the region to be checked of the external sheath (30) and the internal space (33) facing the region to be checked of the external sheath (30); and analyzing the polarity of the reflected signal and determining, according to the analyzed polarity, at least the nature of the medium (M) at the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Yann Nicolas, Philippe Lembeye
  • Patent number: 10408696
    Abstract: A device for measuring a path under load of a first part that is in motion relative to a second part. The device includes an active telescopic bar and a connector. The telescopic bar includes a scale to measure the length of the bar, a coupler to ball link at each end of the bar, and a force sensor to measure the force applied to the bar along its longitudinal axis. The connector links each end of the bar to the first and second part, respectively. The spatial components of the force applied to one of the connector are measured. A measuring method utilizing the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Sébastien Garnier, Benoît Furet
  • Patent number: 10401327
    Abstract: A reflection-mode multispectral photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) system and related method is disclosed, based on an optical-acoustic objective in communication with an ultrasonic transducer. In some embodiments of the disclosed technology, when aligned and positioned in a predetermined manner, little to no chromatic aberration is provided, and with convenient confocal alignment of the optical excitation and acoustic detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Song Hu, Rui Cao, John A. Hossack, Joseph P. Kilroy
  • Patent number: 10393567
    Abstract: A container system, having a container with an outer wall and a cavity which has either a slotted-guide element or a sliding block, a sound transducer unit with a longitudinal axis, which includes the other of the sliding block or the slotted-guide element, and a coupling element for acoustically coupling the sound transducer unit with the container. A contour of the slotted-guide element is formed such that, when introducing the sound transducer unit into the cavity, a first path of movement of the sound transducer unit relative to the container occurs, without mechanical contact of the coupling element with either the sound transducer unit or the outer wall. A second path of movement occurs, where the sound transducer unit pivots relative to the container until the sound transducer unit reaches an end position, where the coupling element is pressed in between the outer wall and the sound transducer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Otakar Fialka, Karl-Friedrich Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10390919
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inspection apparatus for osseointegration of implants, which comprises an inspection base, a holding end, and an inspection end. The holding end is disposed at one end of the inspection base; the inspection end is disposed at the other end of the inspection base. Beside, the inspection end is disposed on one side of the holding end. The holding end includes a signal processing module and a wireless transmission module therein. The inspection end includes an inspection probe, disposed at one end of the inspection end. The inspection probe includes one or more excitation device and a receiver located on the same side of the inspection probe. According to the present invention, the inspection apparatus detects the condition of an object under inspection in a non-contact manner by using an excitation source. An acquired displacement difference is then transmitted to an electronic apparatus through wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Min-Chun Pan, Chin-Sung Chen, Shiou-Bair Lin, Shih-Yao Wang, Jhao-Ming Yu
  • Patent number: 10376830
    Abstract: A gas analysis system includes a gas analyzer which analyzes a gas acquired from a living body and a liquid separator which is detachably attached to the gas analyzer, and which separates a liquid component from the gas. In the gas analysis system, the liquid separator includes a magnet, and the gas analyzer includes a magnetic sensor which detects magnetism generated by the magnet, and a determining section which, based on the magnetism detected by the magnetic sensor, determines that the liquid separator is attached to the gas analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi Yasumura, Katsumi Nakaichi, Shinya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10371569
    Abstract: An electrostatic capacitance type transducer includes one or more elements 2. The one or more elements each include a plurality of cell groups 14 each including a cell 1 including a first electrode 4 and a second electrode 5 arranged with a gap therebetween, the second electrode being electrically connected to a shared signal extraction electrode 15. In the cell group, each of the cells has an equal wiring length from the shared signal extraction electrode 15. The electrostatic capacitance of the plurality of cell groups, the wiring resistance between two adjacent cell groups, the number of cell groups in the element, and the central frequency of the element satisfy a predetermined relationship to increase transmission efficiency or reception sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Torashima, Takahiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10371666
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a structure evaluation system includes a plurality of sensors, a position locator, a velocity calculator, and an evaluator. The sensors detect an elastic wave generated from a structure. The position locator derives a wave source distribution of the elastic waves generated from the structure, on the basis of the elastic waves. The velocity calculator derives a propagation velocity of the elastic wave generated from the structure, on the basis of the elastic waves. The evaluator evaluates the soundness of the structure on the basis of the wave source distribution and the propagation velocity of the elastic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Kyoto University
    Inventors: Kazuo Watabe, Hidefumi Takamine, Tomoki Shiotani
  • Patent number: 10374143
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit constituting a part of a sensor signal processing apparatus for processing sensor signal output from a sensor includes: a first terminal where one end of a vibrator externally attached to the semiconductor integrated circuit is connected and a second terminal where the other end of the vibrator is connected; and an oscillation circuit oscillating the vibrator connected via the first and second terminals, wherein the oscillator circuit intermittently oscillating the vibrator based on control signal, wherein a first period where the oscillation circuit oscillates the vibrator and a second period where the oscillation circuit does not oscillate the vibrator are alternately switched, wherein, during the first period, potentials of the first and second terminals are alternately switched complementarily to high level and low level, and wherein, during the second period, the potentials of the first terminal and the second terminal are fixed to the low level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Ota, Yuzo Mizushima, Yuji Kaneda, Isao Niwa
  • Patent number: 10365181
    Abstract: The three-dimensional standard vibrator based on leaf-spring-type decoupling device contains a base set with three single-dimensional vibrators (along X, Y and Z axes, respectively) and a three-dimensional vibration platform. The X axis vibrator is connected with the three-dimensional vibration platform through X axis decoupling device, the Y axis vibrator is connected with the three-dimensional vibration platform through Y axis decoupling device, and the Z axis vibrator is connected with the three-dimensional vibration platform through Z axis decoupling device. The properties of the three-dimensional vibrator are as follow. X axis decoupling device, Y axis decoupling device and Z axis decoupling device are all comprised of supporting-spring units. Each of the supporting-spring units contains a pair of leaf springs mounted parallel with each other and the first and second connecting components mounted on the two edges of the leaf springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Wen He, Xufei Zhang, ShuShi Jia, Jie Zhou
  • Patent number: 10365151
    Abstract: Disclosed is an inspection probe of an inspection system that includes an ultrasonic probe that is freely movable on a test object and irradiates the test object with an ultrasonic wave to detect a reflected wave, and a calculation unit that executes arithmetic processing according to a detection result according to the ultrasonic probe to acquire a flaw detection result of the test object. The inspection probe includes a chassis that is freely movable on a sheet material where a two-dimensional pattern disposed on the test object and indicating a position on the test object is drawn. The ultrasonic probe is fixed to the chassis so that an incident point of an ultrasonic wave that is incident onto an opposing surface of the test object from the ultrasonic probe is within an angle of view of the reader which reads the two-dimensional pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Toshiaki Hamano, Eisuke Shiina
  • Patent number: 10364999
    Abstract: A method of monitoring component health of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The method includes measuring, by an accelerometer associated with at least one component of the HVAC system, of vibration of the at least one component, receiving, by a controller, actual vibration data reflective of the measured vibration, determining, using the controller, whether the actual vibration data differs from pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than an acceptable amount, and responsive to a positive determination in the determining step, forwarding, by the controller, information regarding the determination to a monitoring device to monitor operation of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Berg, Payam Delgoshaei
  • Patent number: 10365251
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for acquiring object information, the apparatus including: first and second laser output unit outputting first and second pulsed laser; a laser controlling unit configured to control each laser output unit; a first or second detecting unit configured to detect an emission timing of laser and output a first or second detection signal; a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave from an object being irradiated with the laser; and a signal processing unit configured to acquire specific information of the object, based on the acoustic wave. The laser controlling unit controls output of at least one of the laser output units so as to decrease a time difference between subsequent first and second pulsed lasers to be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10358259
    Abstract: A pallet comprising: a plurality of container seats wherein each seat is adapted to carry a fluid container; a data obtainer arranged to obtain container data from a data provider carried by a fluid container to be carried; a processor coupled to the data obtainer and configured to provide a signal based on the container data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Jens Andersen, Steven Paul Goodier, Hanna Hellman, Andrea Leeson
  • Patent number: 10352909
    Abstract: Various embodiments of magnetostrictive transducers (MsTs) for detecting defects in a tubular structure comprise one or more AC coils and one or more magnets. The transducer has a pair of coils (or two coil elements), which are spaced 180 degrees apart relative to the circumference of the tubular structure. Each MsT is selectively operable or configurable so that it may generate either torsional or flexural guided waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Sergey A Vinogradov, Charles Duffer, Glenn M. Light
  • Patent number: 10352757
    Abstract: The present invention provides a platform and/or associated structure for weighing an animal, the platform and/or associated structure being configured to conceal, or configured to facilitate concealment, from the animal of a foreign sensory stimulus of the platform and/or associated structure. The platform may be configured to retain a natural material (such as soil) or a simulated natural material on or about the platform and/or associated structure. The platform is typically incorporated into a weighing apparatus for use with larger animals such as cattle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Kenneth Driver, James Richard Hugh Christian
  • Patent number: 10352762
    Abstract: A system for detecting vibrations from a surface is provided. The system includes a coherent light source for projecting a multi-beam pattern onto the surface and an imaging device for mapping a speckle field generated by each spot formed on the surface by the multi-beam pattern to a unique region of an imaging sensor. The system further includes a processor for processing speckle field information received by the imaging sensor and deriving surface vibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Guardian Optical Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon Carmon
  • Patent number: 10352821
    Abstract: Provided is a railway vehicle bearing abnormality sensing system that can accurately perform abnormality determination for railway vehicle bearings. The system (100) senses an abnormality in a plurality of rolling bearings (17) housed in an axle box (3) provided to a bogie (2). The system (100) includes: vibration detection devices (15) each detecting vibration of a rolling bearing; an analysis device (6) determining an abnormality in the bearings (17) on the basis of detection data detected by the device (15); and reception response detection start module (13) receiving a detection start signal and cause the device (15) to detect vibration of the rolling bearing. The system (100) further includes a measurement start command transmitting device (4), installed apart from a railway vehicle, transmitting the detection start signal to the module (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Ito, Katsuyoshi Suzuki