Patents Examined by Jacques M. Saint-Surin
  • Patent number: 11110191
    Abstract: A monitoring system is disclosed. The monitoring system comprises a range detection system configured for scanning a scene to provide range data, the range data including data describing range to a marker that is detectable by the range detection system and that is placed on a hand of an individual in the scene; and a data processing system configured for processing the range data to identify the marker, to identify the hand based, at least in part on the range to the marker, and to monitor hygienic activity of an individual in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Antisep—Tech Ltd.
    Inventor: Barak Katz
  • Patent number: 11099158
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) detection device has a detection supporter base to be disposed on a transmission device, ultrasonic transceiver modules disposed on at least one inner base surface of the detection supporter base and a controller. When a tested object is transmitted by the transmission device and then enters the detection supporter base, the ultrasonic transceiver modules emit ultrasonic signals to the tested object, and the tested object reflects the ultrasonic signals to the ultrasonic transceiver modules. The ultrasonic transceiver modules generate detection signals according to the reflected ultrasonic signals. The detection signals are sent to the controller, and the controller generates an ultrasonic image corresponding to a tested object according to the detection signals, and then compares the ultrasonic image to a pre-established original 3D image, so to achieve a surface detection objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GAUSS DESIGN INC
    Inventors: Chih-Chieh Lin, Hsien-Kuo Wang
  • Patent number: 11089908
    Abstract: An apparatus for obtaining personalized coffee blends includes a plurality of supply units each configured to supply a specific type of coffee bean to a collection container and each provided with at least a containing device in which the coffee beans of the specific type of coffee are contained. Each supply unit includes a first volumetric feed device and a second volumetric feed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ILLYCAFFÈ S.P.A. CON UNICO SOCIO
    Inventors: Elias Van Hoek, Henk Van Der Wulp, Marcel Weijers, Ma Voogsgerd, Riccardo Piras
  • Patent number: 11092572
    Abstract: The invention is a method for the nondestructive examination of a test specimen using ultrasound. Ultrasonic waves are coupled into the test specimen with ultrasonic transducers. Ultrasonic waves, which are reflected within the test specimen, are received by the ultrasonic transducers and converted into ultrasonic signals. The method determines an average noise level, to which all discrete signal information is subjected, determines volume elements assigned to each discrete signal information having a signal level with a signal-to-noise ratio R (which is referred to as an average noise level), of 6 dB?R, determines pairs of volumes separated by a distance A which is equal to or less than a wavelength of the ultrasonic waves coupled into the test specimen. Volumes are combined into a group and the discrete signal information is evaluated, based on at least one of polarization, frequency, wave type and wave mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ACS SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Andrey Samokrutov, Roman Pinchuk, Andrey Bulavinov, Viktor Shevaldykin
  • Patent number: 11085900
    Abstract: A method for nondestructively testing a part comprising an elongate microstructure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: SAFRAN, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET DE CHIMIE, INDUSTRIELLES DE LA VILLE DE PARIS
    Inventors: Aurélien Baelde, Frédéric Jenson, Mathias Fink, Jérôme Laurent, Claire Prada
  • Patent number: 11085809
    Abstract: A device comprises a crossmember. The crossmember is supported by one or more weight sensors, such that a total weight of the crossmember and any supported load may be measured. One or more strain gauges are affixed to the crossmember. An accessory may comprise a portion to support an inventory item, such as a hook, shelf, bin, basket, and so forth. The accessory also includes an engagement feature to mechanically engage a portion of the crossmember. Several accessories may be engaged to the crossmember. As the load on the accessory changes, such as due to a pick or place of items, a total weight change may be determined by summing the output from the weight sensors. Data from the strain gauges may be used to allocate the total weight change to a particular accessory, allowing for the determination of the weight change for that particular accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Franklin, Paul Eugene Munger
  • Patent number: 11085286
    Abstract: A rock breaking device and a method of monitoring a condition of a tool of a rock breaking device is provided. The rock breaking device includes a frame, a tool, a device for generating stress waves in the tool, measuring means for measuring the stress wave propagating in the tool and at least one computing unit for monitoring a condition of the tool on the basis of the measured stress wave. The at least one computing unit is configured to determine a condition of the tool on the basis of a time of propagation of at least one reflected stress wave component of the stress wave and at least one additional property of the same reflected stress wave component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventor: Pasi Hamalainen
  • Patent number: 11073497
    Abstract: A machine tool includes: a first calculator configured to calculate a first frequency characteristic based on a first oscillation signal and a measurement signal of a physical quantity measured by a measurement unit when the drive shaft of a servo motor swings in accordance with the first oscillation signal; and a second calculator configured to calculate a second frequency characteristic based on a second oscillation signal and a measurement signal of the physical quantity measured by the measurement unit when the drive shaft of the servo motor swings in accordance with the second oscillation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yohei Arimatsu
  • Patent number: 11073498
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a detection system of an embodiment includes a sensor configured to detect elastic waves and a determiner. The determiner determines a region where an elastic wave generation source is positioned on the basis of waveform information if the waveform information including a plurality of peak groups related to one elastic wave is included in a detection result of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tomoya Fumikura, Takahiro Omori, Kazuo Watabe
  • Patent number: 11068948
    Abstract: A self-service retail food station is configured to enable a patron to select and serve themselves food selections from a plurality of disparately priced foods, priced by weight. the self-service retail food station has at least one intelligent food service pan joined to a weight scale and containing food for service therein. A data controller is communicatively coupled to the weight scale and configured to measure adjustments on the weight scale. A tracking device is programmed with an integrated software application containing instructions to identify the patron who owns the mobile device. Then, communicate with the data controller as to a weight adjustment caused by the patron. Finally, present the patron a final price for payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Nader G. Hanna
  • Patent number: 11067540
    Abstract: The invention relates, in a first aspect, to a method for inspecting an object, in particular a pipeline, for flaws, comprising: emitting a first signal toward the object in a first direction by means of a first ultrasonic transducer; and receiving a first response signal coming from the object from a second direction by means of a second ultrasonic transducer, wherein the first direction and the second direction are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NDT Global Corporate Ltd. Ireland
    Inventors: Michael Werle, Thomas Hennig, Peter Haberl
  • Patent number: 11061001
    Abstract: There is provided a photoacoustic measurement apparatus capable of appropriately detecting a single failure state even in the single failure state so that it is possible to prevent an operation in the single failure state from continuing. There are included: a laser light source having a flash lamp and a laser medium; an excitation light source power supply having a capacitor for supplying a charge voltage to the flash lamp, a charging circuit for charging the capacitor, a first voltage dividing circuit and a second voltage dividing circuit for dividing a voltage charged in the capacitor, and a failure detection circuit that detects a failure by comparing voltages obtained by voltage division of the first voltage dividing circuit and the second voltage dividing circuit; and an ultrasound probe that detects photoacoustic waves generated inside a subject by emission of light emitted from the laser light source to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hirota, Keiji Tsubota
  • Patent number: 11056731
    Abstract: Systems and methods for battery testing including a holder system. The holder system is designed to couple one or more transducers to a battery under test, wherein the one or more transducers are configured for electrochemical-acoustic signal interrogation (EASI) of the battery. The holder system includes at least one arm to house at least one transducer to be coupled to the battery, and a pressure applying device to apply pressure to the at least one transducer, and to control pressure between the at least one transducer and the battery. The holder system is also configured to determine the pressure between the at least one transducer and the battery and adjust the pressure applied to the at least one transducer based on the determined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: FEASIBLE, INC., THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Shaurjo Biswas, Robert Charles Mohr, Andrew Gaheem Hsieh, Barry James Van Tassell, Daniel Artemis Steingart, Jonathan Ajo-Franklin
  • Patent number: 11054405
    Abstract: The invention discloses a testing device and method for simulating the flowback in the shut-in period of fractured wells, comprising a fracturing fluid tank, a flowback fracturing fluid tank, a hydraulic fracturing pump, a flowback fluid collection beaker, and a shut-in flowback testing system; the shut-in flowback testing system is composed of a box body and an acoustic wave testing device, a temperature control device, a fracturing string and a square rock block arranged in the box body; a stress loading plate and a hydraulic block are successively arranged between the four surfaces of the square rock block and the inner walls of the box body; the acoustic wave testing device consists of an acoustic wave transmitting probe and an acoustic wave receiving probe; the four outer surfaces of the box body are provided with hydraulic tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yongquan Hu, Chaoneng Zhao, Jinzhou Zhao, Pengju Song, Qiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11054299
    Abstract: A weighing device (1) has a load-bearing portion (10) that supports an object being weighed, a plurality of transition portions (20), and a separation portion (30). The transition portions are positioned on the separation portion, and the load-bearing portion is positioned on the transition portions, with the transition portions connected to the load-bearing portion and the separation portion. A plurality of weighing sensors (40) are provided at a bottom of the separation portion. A support portion (50) is below the weighing sensors to provide support therefor. The weighing device simplifies the loading condition of weighing sensors and isolates the horizontal mechanical deformation/distortion of the weighing load-bearing mechanism. It also reduces the influence of mechanical deformation/distortion, thereby improving the weighing performance and the effectiveness of the weighing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Precision instruments Co., Ltd., Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Measurement Technology Co., Ltd., Mettler-Toledo International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wang Shenhui, Chen Dengyou, Zhang Song, Sun Qin
  • Patent number: 11047830
    Abstract: A characterization device for non-destructively characterizing a material includes emitter/receiver cells, each cell being able, in an emit mode, to emit ultrasound waves towards the material for characterizing, and, in a receive mode, to receive ultrasound waves that have been transmitted through the material. The non-destructive characterization device includes a ring made up of a plurality of adjacent angular sectors, each angular sector including ultrasound cells stacked in a radial direction of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN
    Inventors: Mathieu Loic Ducousso, Frederic Jenson
  • Patent number: 11047831
    Abstract: A method for testing a body having a feature and an outer surface includes configuring a probe to emit a focused ultrasonic beam; configuring a control unit to control the probe, adjusting a focal distance of a focal point of the beam with reference to a test location; adjusting a position of the focal point along at least one axis with reference to the feature; emitting the beam into the outer surface; and determining a presence of a crack at the test location by evaluating % a signal response from the probe. A related apparatus includes the control unit, the transducer, and a shoe assembly having a shoe member and a shoe adapter. A coupling fluid in a variable volume chamber in the shoe adapter separates the transducer from the shoe member and allows changes in a focal distance of the focal point. The apparatus also includes one or more positioners for adjusting a position of the focal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KELLOGG BROWN & ROOT LLC
    Inventors: Jeong-Kwan Na, Travis Kemp
  • Patent number: 11047833
    Abstract: A method for automatic determination of trends in the graphic analysis of turbomachinery, characterized by understanding the steps of: a) obtaining valid data from sensors installed on the turbomachinery for analysis; b) applying fourth order polynomial regression and evaluating its correlation with the sample; c) calculating the relative variation between the first and last points of the series; d) assessing whether the levels of relative variation and relative correlation exceed a previously pre-established minimum level; d1) displaying a non-existent trend result, if the relative variation or the relative correlation does not exceed the minimum level previously established; e) calculating the trend using the weighted average calculations; f) calculating and classifying the rate of change between consecutive values in the valid data series; g) determining parameters for the rate of change; h) checking if the rate of change parameters meet trend criteria, where: h1) if the rate of change parameters meet tren
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A.—PETROBRAS
    Inventors: Fernando Zampronho Neto, Fabio Tristão Marchon
  • Patent number: 11047729
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to detect and/or classify a vehicle occupant, such as a passenger seated within the cockpit of a vehicle. An occupant classification system includes an occupant weight sensor, an occupant presence sensor, and a logic device configured to communicate with the occupant weight sensor and the occupant presence sensor. The logic device is configured to receive occupant weight sensor signals from the occupant weight sensor and occupant presence sensor signals from the occupant presence sensor, determine an estimated occupant weight and an occupant presence response based, at least in part, on the occupant weight sensor signals and the occupant presence sensor signals, and determine an occupant classification status corresponding to the passenger seat based, at least in part, on the estimated occupant weight and/or the occupant presence response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Akin Aina, Markell Baldwin, Bronson Aden, Zach Stuart
  • Patent number: 11047730
    Abstract: An auxiliary payment station in the form of a shopping trolley with a scale (2) fixed to its bottom, including elements (10, 11, 12, 13) of electronic equipment located in a casing (9) mounted in the container, and visual elements (4, 8) of the electronic equipment fixed to a handle (6) of the container. A loading inner container (1) is located in an outer container (3), and a mounting plate (15) of a carrying frame (14) is fixed to a bottom of the scale (2), and an edge mounting plate (16) of the carrying frame (14) is fixed to a bottom of the outer container (3) at its edge. The mounting plate (15) of the carrying frame (14) is fixed on a bar (18) of the carrying frame (14) extending through an opening (19) in the bottom of the outer container (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ZEROQS Sp. z.o.o.
    Inventors: Jarostaw Kaczmarczyk, Tomasz Brulinski