Patents Examined by Jewel V. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9863830
    Abstract: A pressure sensor, including a platform of ceramic, a measuring membrane arranged on the platform, a pressure measuring chamber enclosed in the platform under the measuring membrane, and at least one metal body connected with the platform via a pressure-tight, preferably elastomer free, mechanical connection. Thermomechanical stresses arising from the connection are reduced by features including that the pressure-tight, mechanical connection occurs via an adapting body arranged between the platform and the metal body. The adapting body has a thermal expansion coefficient, which rises in direction (z) extending from the platform to the metal body from a coefficient of expansion corresponding to a thermal coefficient of expansion of the ceramic of the platform to a coefficient of expansion corresponding to the thermal coefficient of expansion of the metal body, and the adapting body is connected by a first joint with the platform and by a second joint with the metal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulfert Drewes, Elke Schmidt, Thomas Uehlin, Andrea Berlinger
  • Patent number: 9856130
    Abstract: A nozzle for oil dispensing that includes; a connector, where the connector connects the nozzle to a hose during use; an outlet, where the outlet includes an opening for the dispensing of oil through the nozzle; a handle, where the handle activates the dispensing of the oil; and a digital readout placed on the face of the nozzle below handle, where the digital readout is visible during use. Further the present invention includes a method of volume measurement for an oil distribution nozzle that includes the steps of: integrating a measurement display into a Scully nozzle; providing a digital readout on the measurement display; placing the measurement display under a handle of the Scully nozzle; and measuring oil flow volume through the Scully nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Whitten
  • Patent number: 9857265
    Abstract: An improved sensor system is provided that monitors and controls a dendritic fluid system. A dendritic fluid system can include artificial components and/or natural components that carry fluid from a source to a destination through a series of paths. The sensor system can include magnetic field sensors, acoustic sensors, encapsulated sensor systems, pressure regulators, and valve controllers to monitor and control the dendritic fluid system. For example, magnetic field sensors, acoustic sensors, and/or pressure regulators can be used to measure the flow of fluid within a dendritic fluid subsystem and/or to detect potential leaks. The encapsulated sensor systems and/or valve controllers can be used to detect fluid levels in a contained system and control valves to adjust the fluid levels in the contained system to a desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Andrew DeVerse
  • Patent number: 9849993
    Abstract: An aircraft provided with at least two pieces of aeronautic equipment, a first piece of equipment (25) including a part intended to be arranged at a skin (27) of the aircraft and elements for heating the part, characterized in that the heating elements include a thermodynamic loop including a closed circuit in which a heat transfer fluid circulates, the closed circuit including an evaporator (14) associated with functional elements (80) of the second piece of equipment (81) of the aircraft forming a heat source giving off heat during their operation and a zone in which a condensation of the heat transfer fluid can occur in the appendage to heat it, and in that outside the evaporator (14), the circuit in which the fluid circulates is formed by a tubular channel with an empty section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Claude Sarno, Romain Hodot
  • Patent number: 9851232
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasonic flow meter comprising a flow tube for the fluid whose flow rate is to be determined. The flow meter comprises a transmitting element for emitting ultrasonic waves, which is provided on the outer jacket of the flow tube. A receiving element, which is provided on the outer jacket of the flow tube, is axially spaced from the transmitting element. An influencing element is provided between the transmitting element and the receiving element for influencing the velocity and/or the direction of a portion of the ultrasonic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: BERKIN B.V.
    Inventors: Joost Conrad Lötters, Gert Jan Snijders, Arno Willem Frederik Volker
  • Patent number: 9851228
    Abstract: A fluid gauging system for gauging a fluid includes a flow measuring device, an air sealing arrangement, and an electronic circuit. The flow measuring device includes a flow sensor that measures a flow rate of the fluid. The air sealing arrangement seals an inlet of the flow measuring device against an entry of atmospheric air. The electronic circuit includes a processor, a GPS module, and a communication module. The processor generates a data signal based on the flow rate. The GPS module provides a real time location of the flow measuring device. The communication module transmits the data signal and real time location to a remote server. A user device includes a software application that receives the data signal from the remote server and generates reports and statistics. Further, the processor notifies the user device if the flow measuring device is disconnected from the electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Sahil Chawala
  • Patent number: 9844715
    Abstract: An optimal bicycle frame size based on operational characteristics provided by a rider when riding a dynamic fit unit is determined. A best-fit bicycle frame size that is a closest match to the optimal frame size is determined. At least one of the optimal X,Y location of the bicycle's handlebar relative to the bottom bracket, and the optimal X,Y location of the bicycle's seat relative to the bottom bracket, is determined. A stem and spacer from a list of available stems and spacers that will best fit between the head tube of the best-fit frame and the optimal X,Y location of the handlebar is determined. A seat post from a list of available seat posts that will best fit between the seat tube of the best-fit frame and the optimal X,Y location of the seat is determined. A list of the best-fit frame, the best fit stem and spacer, and the best fit seat post, is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Cycling Sports Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kautz, Scott Alan Rice, Jean-Paul Racine, Jason Andrew Clark, Antonio Giannascoli
  • Patent number: 9841303
    Abstract: A device and method for positioning an orifice plate carrier in an orifice fitting. The positioning device is secured in an upper chamber of the fitting and includes an insert having a first end and a second end, and a back side, a first side, and a second side each extending from and connecting the first and second ends to form a through-passage with a front side. The through-passage is configured to allow the orifice plate carrier to pass therethrough. The first and second sides include a first cutout and a second cutout, respectively, which are configured to allow a gear to pass therethrough. The gear engages grooves on the orifice plate carrier to pass the orifice plate carrier through the upper chamber. The positioning device provides consistent and repeatable alignment in guiding the orifice plate carrier in and out of the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Daniel Measurement and Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Blake Crouch, Gregory Theron Jay
  • Patent number: 9841363
    Abstract: Modular equipment for automatically determining features of elongated textile samples is provided. The equipment includes a housing on which a loading module for loading inlet ends of textile samples to be tested is mounted, a measurement module for measuring at least feature of the textile samples, a handling device for handling the textile samples between the loading module and the measurement module, and a central unit of the programmable type for controlling and managing the loading module, the measurement module, and the handling means. The loading module includes gripping members that are arranged aligned to one another along a loading direction, a carriage that is driven in a movable manner in both translation senses along a translation direction parallel to the loading direction, and a motor associated with the carriage for operating the carriage moving along the translation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MESDAN S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Righettini, Andrea Ginammi
  • Patent number: 9841304
    Abstract: An air data system includes an avionics system and a plurality of sensors associated with the avionics system, each of the sensors providing a signal indicative of a parameter used by the avionic system to determine the flight status of the aircraft. At least one air data probe is electronically coupled to the avionics system. At least one pitot static probe is coupled to a pressure transducer through pneumatic tubing, the pressure transducer is electronically coupled to the avionics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Chong, Ronald F. Liffrig
  • Patent number: 9841351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chassis dynamometer and to a method for simulating the behavior of the vehicle in a chassis dynamometer, comprising an actuator for transferring a longitudinal force to the vehicle, a rotational movement carried out by a wheel or a drive train of the vehicle being measured, a corresponding longitudinal acceleration being determined from the measured rotational movement and the actuator being controlled in accordance with the determined longitudinal acceleration based on the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Kristl, Seibt & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: René Reiter, Christoph Schwaerzler, Michael Palzer, Roland Margelik
  • Patent number: 9835604
    Abstract: A target gas sensor employing a radiation source (20) and a radiation sensor (30) including a reference radiation detector (31), a target radiation detector (32), a temperature sensor (34), a temperature controller (35) and a target gas detection processor (37). In operation, radiation source (20) controls a propagation of radiation (RAD) through a gas mixture (GM) contained by an airway (10) to radiation sensor (30). Reference radiation detector (31) generates a reference detection signal (RD) indicative of a detected magnitude of a reference wavelength (?REF) of the radiation, and target radiation detector (32) generates a target detection signal (TD) indicative of a detected magnitude of a target wavelength (?TG) of the radiation. Temperature sensor (34) senses a temperature of radiation detectors (31, 32) whereby temperature controller (35) regulates a heating of the radiation detectors (31, 32) relative to a regulated detector temperature (TREG).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Eugene Peter Gerety
  • Patent number: 9835534
    Abstract: Volumetric Apparatus and Densimeter in non liquid usage type composes of cylinder which is in shape of tube for filling in by the object needed to be measured with inside pushing support stick for supporting the moving forth-back of pushing stick to transmit the pressure force to make pushing support stick moving forth-back to be able to move forth-back. The moving forth-back of said pushing support stick is to measure the distance of the moving forth-back compared with original distance by send-receive signal transmitter equipped outside cylinder. The cylinder is separated into two parts of which each part supports for in-out pressure by inside pushing stick that push in-pull out by external force to measure the object needed to be measured placed at one part of cylinder that separated to measure the moving forth-back of inside pushing stick by distance meter unit at least two units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Chaisorn Kaisornbundit
  • Patent number: 9823107
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include a system for insulating a flow meter that includes a thermal tube sensor housing. The thermal tube sensor housing may include a housing cavity that holds a sensor tube, a temperature sensor, and a heater for determining a flow rate of a fluid. In some embodiments, the heater imparts thermal energy onto the sensor tube. In some embodiments, the housing cavity additionally holds an insulator for reducing leakage of the heat from the housing cavity. In still some embodiments, the insulator includes a plurality of beads and a binder material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Alicat Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil W. Hartman, Colin A. Roberts, Marcus A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9815344
    Abstract: A tire sensing system of kinetic parameters is provided, including: at least one wave-emitting source configured to rotate with a tire, and emit at least one detection wave towards an internal surface of said tire; at least one wave sensor configured to rotate with said at least one wave-emitting source, and output a measurement signal according to a physical parameter of said at least one detection wave being reflected off said internal surface; and a processing unit configured to receive said measurement signal, record at least two instants in time during which said at least one detection wave sweeps across the footprint of said tire, and compute a kinetic parameter of said tire with said at least two instants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Yi-Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 9810562
    Abstract: A brace bar (300, 400, 500, 600, 700) is provided. The brace bar (300, 400, 500, 600, 700) includes a brace bar body (302, 402, 502, 602, 702) with a perimeter, a first aperture (304a, 404a, 504a, 604a, 704a) and a second aperture (304b, 404b, 504b, 604b, 704b) in the brace bar body (302, 402, 502, 602, 702), and a gap (306, 406, 506, 606, 706) formed in the brace bar body (302, 402, 502, 602, 702) connecting the first aperture (304a, 404a, 504a, 604a, 704a) and the second aperture (304b, 404b, 504b, 604b, 704b) wherein the gap (306, 406, 506, 606, 706) is wholly contained within the perimeter of the brace bar body (302, 402, 502, 602, 702).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Powers, Glenn Byron
  • Patent number: 9810559
    Abstract: An electromagnetic flowmeter has a flowtube configured to carry a conductive fluid. The flowtube has wall made of a conductive material. The wall has an inner surface surrounding a fluid flow path for the fluid. A non-conductive liner is positioned to electrically insulate the flowtube wall from the fluid. The flowtube and non-conductive liner define an electrode mounting hole. An electrode extends through the electrode mounting hole. The electrode and the non-conductive liner form a fluidic seal between the electrode mounting hole and the fluid flow path. At least a portion of the electrode is arranged in fluid communication with the flowtube within the electrode mounting hole. A short circuit detector can detect failure of the seal when conductive fluid that has leaked past the seal creates a short circuit as a result of the fluid communication between the flowtube and the electrode mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel G. Tower, III, John Yuxiang Xie, James L. Pizzuti, Antoine DeProost
  • Patent number: 9804008
    Abstract: The present invention provides an acoustic flow meter assembly (2) for pipes or open channels, said assembly including a frame (24) with a predetermined geometry. The frame has at least one user accessible port (36-42) with the at least one user accessible port (36-42) adapted to receive an interchangeable cartridge (44) which contains at least one acoustic transducer (46) to measure fluid velocity through said frame (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: David John Aughton, Damien Vernon Pearson
  • Patent number: 9797759
    Abstract: Integrated pipe pressure and temperature sensors and related methods are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a housing including an opening to provide a fluid flow path. The fluid flow path is to be coaxially aligned with a fluid flow path of a pipe when the housing is coupled to the pipe. The example apparatus includes a sensor disposed in the housing. The sensor includes an electrically conductive deformable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Martin Lozano
  • Patent number: 9791305
    Abstract: An electromagnetic flowmeter for measuring a flow of liquid in a liquid-carrying line has a magnet for producing a magnetic field in the liquid-carrying line, and an electrode pair for discharging an electrical voltage when the liquid flows through the liquid-carrying line. The flowmeter enables the flow of liquid to be determined on the basis of the measured voltage. The magnet can rotate about an axis in order to produce an alternating magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander Heide, Dejan Nikolic