Patents Examined by Jamel Williams
  • Patent number: 10267701
    Abstract: A fluid monitoring assembly includes a segment of tubing having a wall defining a lumen through which the fluid passes and a sensor at least partially embedded within a wall of the tubing. The assembly includes a housing having first and second portions connected to one another at a hinge, the housing defining an interior portion configured to hold the segment of tubing and the sensor. The housing may be opened and closed as needed using a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ALPHINITY, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Gagne, Steven V. Cates, Dean C. Richards
  • Patent number: 10240963
    Abstract: A measuring spoon device includes a rear shaft with a tapered end portion, elongated apertures, guide grooves, a rear connector section; a divider section with apertures; slidable spoon assemblies with push members, including finger button protrusions, and measuring spoons, including spoon portions and spoon stems; and a front cylindrical section; such that the measuring spoons can be retracted for storage inside the front cylindrical section, and can be extracted for use in measuring a plurality of seasonings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALFA TKG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Misa Takagi
  • Patent number: 10209116
    Abstract: The measuring cup includes numerous embodiments configured for a user to precisely determine the cup contents without need to lift the cup to one's eye level or to lower the eye level to the level of the cup contents. The various embodiments include folding cups; cups having transparent passages in the wall; cups having adjustably positionable bottoms; cups having level indicator rods in the cup interior extending upward from the cup bottom; cups having one or more filaments extending across the cup interior; cups having rigid level indicators spanning the cup interior; cups having adjustably positionable level indicator tabs therein; cups having buoyant level indicator tabs adjustably positionable in the cup interior; and cups having removable clip-on scales extending down along the interior of the cup wall, the scales having a plurality of attachment points for the removable attachment of a level indicator tab at a desired attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Mohd Aftab Alam, Fahad Ibrahim Al-Jenoobi, Abdullah M. Al-Mohizea
  • Patent number: 10209106
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with environmental sensors. Environmental sensors may include one or more environmental sensor components and one or more acoustic components. Acoustic components may include a speaker or a microphone. Environmental sensor components may include a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, a humidity sensor, a gas sensor, or other sensors or combinations of sensors for sensing attributes of the environment surrounding the device. The environmental sensor may have an enclosure with an opening. The enclosure may be formed from a rigid support structure and a portion of a printed circuit. The opening may be formed in the rigid support structure or the printed circuit. The opening in the enclosure for the environmental sensor may be aligned with an opening in an outer structural member for the device. The outer structural member may be a housing structure or a cover layer for a device display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Henry H. Yang
  • Patent number: 10206654
    Abstract: A pressure sensor of an embodiment includes a support portion, a transformable membrane part and a sensor portion. The membrane part includes an end portion supported by the support portion, and a first area and a second area. The first area is positioned between a center of the membrane part and the end portion and has a first rigidity. The second area is positioned between the first area and the end portion, and has a second rigidity lower than the first rigidity. The sensor portion is provided at the first area and includes a first magnetic layer, a second magnetic layer and a first intermediate layer provided between the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer. An end-side distance between the first area and the end portion is shorter than a center-side distance between the second area and the center of the membrane part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kei Masunishi, Akiko Yuzawa, Yoshihiko Fuji, Michiko Hara, Yoshihiro Higashi, Kazuaki Okamoto, Kenji Otsu
  • Patent number: 10197465
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sensing pressure, and protecting a sensor within a sensor assembly. A sensor assembly may comprise a sensor having at least one pressure input port; a first housing configured to encapsulate the sensor; a second housing configured to attach to the first housing to encapsulate the sensor; a first O-ring located between the first housing and the sensor; a second O-ring located between the second housing and the sensor; and a printed circuit board configured to receive detected pressure information from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Dennis Patch, Ian Bentley, Jim Cook, Todd Eckhardt
  • Patent number: 10190925
    Abstract: A force sensor includes a leadframe comprising a plurality of electrically conductive leads, a sense die coupled to the leadframe, and an encapsulant disposed over at least a portion of the leadframe and the sense die. The sense die is electrically coupled to the plurality of leads, and the plurality of leads extends from the encapsulant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Josh M. Fribley, Lamar Floyd Ricks, Richard Wade, Jim Machir, Richard Alan Davis
  • Patent number: 10184866
    Abstract: A testing device for testing the mechanical integrity of a hollow breakable item includes a squeezable element to radially abut with a sidewall portion of the breakable item. The testing device further includes a sleeve extending in an axial direction to receive the sidewall portion of the breakable item and having a first contact surface to axially engage with the squeezable element. The testing device also includes a plunger displaceable in axial direction relative to the sleeve and having a second contact surface to axially engage with the squeezable element. The squeezable element is axially squeezable by a relative displacement of plunger and sleeve to increase the squeezable element's radial expansion and to apply radially directed pressure to the breakable item's sidewall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Hanno Juhnke, Jan-Peter Spengler, Jasmin Groeschke, Michael Fischer, Matthias Scharf, Michael Schrack, Olaf Zeckai
  • Patent number: 10184915
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus, including an extendable structure, an inspection probe, a drive, a sensor, and a processor. The extendable structure includes an end fixed to the inspection probe and insertable into a gap defined between a first surface and a second surface. The extendable structure is configured to maintain physical contact with the first surface as the end transitions across the first surface. The drive is configured to position the inspection probe. The current sensor is coupled to the drive and configured to measure a drive load over a period of time the inspection probe transitions across the first surface. The processor is coupled to the sensor and is configured to receive a signal associated with the drive load corresponding to movement of the inspection probe, and determine an operating condition of the extendable structure based on the drive load signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Reinhard Fischer, Andrew Lumley, Dominik Loosli
  • Patent number: 10175128
    Abstract: The invention deals with a measuring apparatus (1) comprising a body (11) with an interior (114) and an opening for accessing the interior (114) from outside the body (11), a rigid plunger (12) having an edge (1212) being identically shaped as an edge of a opening of a target vial, and a force sensor (13). The rigid plunger (12) extends though the opening of the body (11) into the interior (114) of the body (11). The edge (1212) of the rigid plunger (12) is arranged outside the body (11). The force sensor (13) is arranged in the interior (114) of the body (11). The rigid plunger (12) is movable relative to the body (11) and is coupled to the force sensor (13). The apparatus (1) can be used for measuring a force acting on the edge of the opening of the target vial for optimizing the adjustment of a vial closure facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE INC.
    Inventors: Martin Vogt, Jean-Pierre Büttiker, Roman Mathäs, Holger Röhl
  • Patent number: 10161816
    Abstract: A torque sensor arrangement configured to attach between a first part and a second part to sense torque therebetween, the torque sensor arrangement comprising: an interface member having on its exterior an engagement configuration configured to rotationally engage the first part; a torsion member comprising a deflectable body attached at one end thereof to the interface member and comprising, at the other end of the deflectable body, an engagement configuration configured to rotationally engage the second part; and a deflection sensor attached to the deflectable body; wherein the interface member defines a rigid sleeve extending around the deflectable body and the torque sensor arrangement further comprises a bushing located between and in contact with both the sleeve and the deflectable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CMR SURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Bates Jackson, Keith Marshall
  • Patent number: 10161955
    Abstract: A multi-directional sensor includes a housing unit having a surrounding wall that defines a housing space, a first magnetic component disposed on the housing unit, a conductive body disposed in the housing space and magnetically attracted to the first magnetic component, and a plurality of spaced-apart electrically conductive terminals surrounding the conductive body. When the multi-directional sensor is subjected to an impact, the conductive body is forced to move toward two adjacent conductive terminals which are opposite to the direction of impact due to inertia so as to bridge and electrically interconnect the two adjacent conductive terminals so that a signal can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Chih-Heng Huang
  • Patent number: 10155360
    Abstract: Gypsum panels, methods for their manufacture, and systems and methods for monitoring environmental conditions with such panels are provided herein. The panels include a gypsum core having a first surface and an opposed second surface, a first facer material associated with the first surface of the gypsum core, and an environmental sensor assembly associated with the gypsum panel and configured to detect an environmental condition of the gypsum panel and wirelessly communicate data on the environmental condition to a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Harrison, Lawrence Gollob, Clarence A. Shelton, Stuart Brandon Gilley
  • Patent number: 10151104
    Abstract: Construction panels and other materials, methods for their manufacture, and systems and methods for monitoring environmental conditions with such panels are provided herein. The panels include a core having a first surface and an opposed second surface, and an environmental sensor assembly associated with the panel and configured to detect an environmental condition of the panel and wirelessly communicate data on the environmental condition to a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Harrison, Lawrence Gollob, Clarence A. Shelton, Stuart Brandon Gilley, Timothy R. Fierbaugh
  • Patent number: 10151614
    Abstract: A self-filling graduated cylinder system for efficiently filling a graduated cylinder with a chemical solution. The self-filling graduated cylinder system generally includes a graduated cylinder having an interior, an upper end, an upper opening in the upper end a lower end opposite of the upper end, and a check valve attached to the graduated cylinder near the lower end of the graduated cylinder. The check valve is adapted to allow a liquid chemical to flow upwardly through the check valve into the graduated cylinder and to prevent the liquid chemical within the interior of the graduated cylinder from flowing downwardly through the check valve. A vacuum device is fluidly connected to the graduated cylinder to draw the liquid chemical upwardly to an upper level within the graduated cylinder. Alternatively, a pump device pumps liquid chemical into the graduated cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Cleaning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Krause, Patrick A. Fredrickson, Kenneth R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10151603
    Abstract: The explosion-proof housing for a sensor, in particular, for a rotary encoder having a shaft rotatably situated in the rotary encoder and axially aligned to detect a rotary angle, having a flameproof interior vis-a-vis the atmosphere, in which at least one sensor part is situated, and an at least two-part, approximately cylindrical overall housing is made up of a cover having a cable inlet, which is releasably coupled to a possibly multi-part housing by a plurality of fastening screws distributed around the circumference, and the contacting fastening planes of the cover and housing are designed as explosion-proof ex-joints, and at least the fastening screws between the cover and the possibly multi-piece housing create the separation between the flameproof interior and the atmosphere by forming ex-joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HENGSTLER GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Wöhrstein, Peter Elbel
  • Patent number: 10139186
    Abstract: Trigger pull force gauge and methods of use. The trigger pull force gauge includes a housing and an arm extending therefrom. The trigger pull force gauge can include a load cell located at a distal portion of the arm spaced from the housing. The arm can be movable with respect to the housing for selectively positioning the arm in a deployed position and a stowed position with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Battenfield Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cottrell, Michael Poehlman, James Gianladis, Adam J. Birk
  • Patent number: 10131340
    Abstract: For ascertaining at least one variable regarding a state of a brake fluid in a brake system of a vehicle, an evaluation unit is configured to determine the at least one variable by taking into account at least one pair of values of a provided or ascertained volume flow variable regarding a volume flow of at least a portion of the brake fluid through a flow resistance in the brake system and a provided or ascertained associated pressure drop variable regarding a pressure drop at the flow resistance through which the volume flow flows. For the at least one pair of values taken into account, a volume flow variable lies within a first specified limited value range and the pressure drop variable lies within a second specified limited value range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Bertram Foitzik, Dagobert Masur
  • Patent number: 10119820
    Abstract: A gyroscope sensor is provided that comprises a resonator including a stem extending along an axis and a shell extending from the stem. The shell includes a hemispherical portion extending from the stem and a cylindrical portion extending from the hemispherical portion. The cylindrical portion includes an outer surface and an inner surface and terminates at an axial end surface that is perpendicular to the outer surface and the inner surface. The resonator further comprises an inner cylindrical substrate that extends along an axis and includes a set of inner electrodes arranged annularly about the axis, and a passage that extends along the axis through a central region of the inner cylindrical substrate. The stem extends through the passage to position the inner cylindrical substrate within the inner surface of the cylindrical portion of the resonator forming gaps between the set of inner electrodes and the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Rozelle, Youngmin Albert Choi, James M. Pavell
  • Patent number: 10113686
    Abstract: To adapt a housing (2) to an uneven standing surface, an adjustment device (1) has a foot piece (3) with an internal thread (5) that defines a displacement axis (4). The foot piece is located in a recess (6) of the housing that is accessed from a surface of the housing that faces towards the standing surface. A cross-sectional profile of the foot piece perpendicular to the displacement axis coacts with the recess to prevent rotation of the foot piece about the displacement axis. A spindle (7) with an external thread (8) that cooperates with the internal thread of the foot piece allows axial movement of the spindle along the displacement axis. A levelling wheel (9), connected to the spindle by a rotation-blocking connection allows the spindle to be rotated relative to the foot piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo (Albstadt) GmbH
    Inventors: Edgar Kempf, Xinwei Su, Dieter Kontschak