Patents Examined by Jas Sanghera
  • Patent number: 11322897
    Abstract: A cable connector, a cable clamp, and a method for detecting bridging of car batteries. The cable connector includes a housing and a wiring circuit, wherein the wiring circuit is arranged in the housing and includes a first wiring terminal, a second wiring terminal, and a detection module and voltage absorption module electrically connected between the first wiring terminal and the second wiring terminal, and a voltage absorption module. The voltage absorption module includes a piezoresistor bridged between the first wiring terminal and the second wiring terminal. The detection module includes a first switch circuit and a second switch circuit which are oppositely bridged between the first wiring terminal and the second wiring terminal to be alternatively turned on, wherein the first switch circuit includes a first illumination unit, and the second switch circuit includes a second illumination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Zhejiang Safemate Automotive Safety & Emergency Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhonghua Wu, Naixing Wang, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 11320490
    Abstract: A shunt resistor for enhancing accuracy of current detection in the process of detecting current flowing through the shunt resistor and an apparatus for detecting current including the same. The shunt resistor includes two busbars made of an electrically conductive material and spaced apart a predetermined distance, a first connection element made of an electrically conductive material and configured to be mounted in a first busbar provided on one side among the two busbars, and a second connection element made of an electrically conductive material and configured to be mounted in a second busbar provided on the other side among the two busbars. The first connection element and the second connection element are configured to have an increase or decrease in an area of direct or indirect contact between the first connection element and the second connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Kyoung-Choon Min
  • Patent number: 11320459
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a measuring system including: an automation field device embodied for determining and/or monitoring a process variable of a medium; a connection unit, which includes a connection plug, which is electrically connected with the field device, and a cable, which is connected to the connection plug with a cable connection and which serves for supplying the field device with electrical energy and/or for transmitting information between the field device and a superordinated unit; and a protective cover, which surrounds the connection unit and the field device connected with the connection unit in a protection section, wherein by means of the protective cover the impact resistance of the measuring system in the protection section is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Bechtel, Franco Ferraro, Robert Schmidt, Armin Wernet
  • Patent number: 11313915
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may provide methods and system for a battery. The system may provide a fuel gauge circuit connected to a battery, a sense resistor, and a bypass circuit to direct a discharge current away from a sense resistor. The fuel gauge circuit may control operation of the bypass circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Hideo Kondo
  • Patent number: 11313921
    Abstract: A magnetic field measurement device and a magnetic field measurement method based on solid-state spins are provided. Zeeman splitting between electron energy levels of electrons of a magnetic sensitive unit is different under the action of external magnetic fields having different intensities. Continuous excitation and manipulation is applied to the electrons by means of a control field and control laser, so that spins of a system can reach a balanced state. The spin population of the system is influenced by the external magnetic fields. Therefore, fluorescence signals with intensities changing with the spin population of the system can be obtained, and fluorescent signals having different intensities can be obtained according to the different intensities of the external magnetic fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: University of Science and Technology of China
    Inventors: Yingqiu Dai, Yunbin Zhu, Xing Rong, Jiangfeng Du
  • Patent number: 11313885
    Abstract: An integrated current-measuring apparatus including a printed circuit board, a shunt resistor including a resistive element having a preset resistance and terminals extending from both sides of the resistive element, the shunt resistor being attached to a bottom surface of the printed circuit board, and a Hall sensor mounted on a top surface of the printed circuit board to face the shunt resistor with the printed circuit board being interposed between the Hall sensor and the shunt resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Jong-Tae Choi
  • Patent number: 11313919
    Abstract: A socket tester device includes an electrical plug that is to be inserted into an electrical socket, a tester circuit electrically coupled to the electrical plug, a sound emitting device, a communication device, a processor, and a memory. The tester circuit outputs one or more signals indicating a wiring condition of the electrical socket into which the electrical plug is inserted. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to receive the one or more signals indicating the wiring condition of the electrical socket into which the electrical plug is inserted, control the communication device to wirelessly transmit a first message that includes data indicating the wiring condition of the electrical socket into which the electrical plug is inserted, and control whether the sound emitting device emits one or more sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Brian D. Painting, Luis R. Silva
  • Patent number: 11313881
    Abstract: A combination current sensing device comprising a plurality of current measuring sensors, at least one ambience measuring sensor, a voltage measuring device and a computing device; at least a magnetic field concentrator, and a controlled module assembly constraining the magnetic field concentrator and the bar conductor, in a defined position with respect to one another; the combination current sensing device may have a plurality of incoming connections and a plurality of outgoing connections; and the computing device outputs a validated measure of primary current and an auxiliary information according to a plurality of range and a safe value of the primary current, ensuring functional safety. The voltage measuring device determines a voltage, configured functions and health of an electric source in combination with other sensors and the computing device. One or more of the devices may be optional and or external to the combination current sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Pregna International Limited
    Inventors: Peter Krummenacher, Sharad Taparia
  • Patent number: 11307263
    Abstract: An ESS SOH prediction method includes: a capacity virtual division step of virtually dividing a capacity of a measurement target ESS that is to predict an SOH into two or more capacity ranges; each capacity range-dependent charging/discharging cycle data measurement step of measuring charging/discharging cycle data of each capacity range divided in the capacity virtual division step; and a measurement target ESS SOH prediction step of predicting an SOH of a measurement target ESS based on charging/discharging cycle data of each actual ESS measured in the each capacity range-dependent charging/discharging cycle data measurement step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: LG ENERGY SOLUTION, LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Sik Chung, Jee Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 11309560
    Abstract: A method of predicting a life of a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) of a fuel cell for electric power generation includes: deriving an operating condition for accelerated degradation, which is applicable to the fuel cell; operating the fuel cell for a specific time under the derived operating condition for accelerated degradation and under a normal operating condition, and identifying the degree of degradation of the fuel cell under each of the operating conditions; calculating an acceleration multiple based on the degree of degradation identified under the operating condition for accelerated degradation and under the normal operating condition; and predicting the life of the membrane electrode assembly based on the acceleration multiple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hyun Bae Dong, Min Kyung Cho, Won Jung Kim, Ju Hae Jung, Jong Hyun Jang, Hyun Seo Park, Myung Su Lim, Jun Young Kim
  • Patent number: 11300625
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an evaluation device for an energy storage device includes first processing circuitry and second processing circuitry. The first processing circuitry acquires data items including an amount of charge and a voltage value measured in a measurement period from the energy storage device, the energy storage device being charge-discharge-controlled according to charge-discharge command values. The second processing circuitry generates a representative data item of voltage values for amounts of charge, based on the data items acquired for the measurement period; and evaluates a degradation state of the energy storage device, based on a relative change between a plurality of the representative data items corresponding to a plurality of the measurement periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ENERGY SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Yamamoto, Hisaaki Hatano, Kenichi Fujiwara, Masatake Sakuma, Kaoru Koiwa, Yasuhiro Ogura, Takenori Kobayashi, Kenji Mitsumoto
  • Patent number: 11300630
    Abstract: A method of ground fault detection in a power distribution system includes detecting a ground fault in the power distribution system; sending an instruction to a first switching device to disconnect a first energy storage unit from the energy storage system whilst the remaining energy storage units remain connected in parallel to the DC bus to be able to continue to supply power to the power distribution system and testing again for a ground fault. The testing for a ground fault is carried out again and disconnecting, testing and reconnecting steps are repeated until the ground fault has been identified, or all energy storage units have been tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY AS
    Inventor: Sivert Eliassen
  • Patent number: 11294408
    Abstract: An integrated circuit that can include a driver having a first driver output, and a first resistance coupled between a first node coupled to the first driver output and a second node. The first resistance can include a process resistor including a first material having a first temperature coefficient, and an interconnect resistor configured to provide at least 20% of the first resistance and including a second material having a second temperature coefficient which changes resistance in an opposite direction with temperature as compared to the first temperature coefficient. A first terminal of the interconnect resistor is directly connected to a first terminal of the process resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Octavio A. Gonzalez, Charles Eric Seaberg
  • Patent number: 11287398
    Abstract: The invention relates to an eddy current sensor element for non-destructive testing of a substrate, having an assembly of at least a first and a second flat coil, wherein the first flat coil and the second flat coil each have a triangular shape with a first to third coil edge, wherein one of the edges of the first flat coil and one of the edges of the second flat coil are arranged adjacent and parallel to each other, and wherein the assembly has a quadrangular shape. The invention further relates to an eddy current sensor for the non-destructive testing of a substrate, having a plurality of the eddy current sensor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Henning Heuer, Martin Schulze, Iben Khaldoun Lefkaier, Mohammed Naïdjate, Bachir Helifa, Feliachi Mouloud
  • Patent number: 11287480
    Abstract: A method for estimating a state of charge (SOC) value of a battery may include determining, by a controller, whether an entry condition for estimating the SOC value of the battery is satisfied based on state data of the battery; generating, by the controller, an initial SOC value of the battery using an internal resistance value of the battery when the state data satisfies the entry condition; generating, by the controller, a first storage capacity of the battery to generate using the initial SOC value; generating, by the controller, a second storage capacity of the battery using the first storage capacity and a charging efficiency of the battery; and estimating, by the controller, the SOC value of the battery using the second storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seungwon Park, Sunho Choi, Sung Tae Kim, Yong Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11280814
    Abstract: In accordance with the present disclosure, voltage sensing techniques using a voltage sensing device are employed to identify sources of electromagnetic radiation and provide warnings to a user about high levels of electromagnetic radiation. By way of example, the voltage sensing device may be a wearable device and may provide auditory, visual, and tactile alerts to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Nancy Cecelia Stoffel, Cheng-Po Chen, Emad Andarawis Andarawis
  • Patent number: 11280839
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may provide methods and apparatus for a battery. The apparatus may compute a state of charge (SOC) of the battery using a coulomb counting method and adjust the computed SOC based on an extracted SOC. The apparatus may determine whether the battery is in an open circuit condition and, if so, the extracted SOC is determined during the open circuit period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Hideo Kondo
  • Patent number: 11280815
    Abstract: Voltage indication device (2), attachable to a medium-voltage separable plug having a rear insert comprising a coupling electrode. The voltage indication device comprises a body (241) and a voltage detector (251) having a ground contact (361), a voltage contact (261) for electrical connection to the coupling electrode; and an indicator for visually indicating presence of the medium voltage in the separable plug. The body comprises an elastically expandable support portion (406) for resiliently supporting the voltage detector (251).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Gunther A. J. Stollwerck, Harald Westkamp, Mark Gravermann, Jens Weichold
  • Patent number: 11274979
    Abstract: A method for determining residual stress in a selectively hardened parts including an unhardened region adjacent to a hardened region is provided. The method includes obtaining a Barkhausen Noise (BN) value for the unhardened region and selecting a corresponding absolute residual stress value from a correlation between BN values and absolute residual stress values. The selected absolute residual stress value accurately estimates the absolute residual stress in the hardened region of the selectively hardened part. In variations of the method the unhardened region is surrounded by the hardened region, the hardened region is a laser hardened region and the unhardened region is not laser hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Michael A. Kopmanis
  • Patent number: 11269279
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a storage and an authentication section. The storage stores container identification information provided to each individual developer container in combination with remaining amount information indicating a remaining amount of developer stored in the developer container. The authentication section authenticates the developer container based on the remaining amount information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Masuda