Patents Examined by Jill E. Culler
  • Patent number: 10982530
    Abstract: A gyroscope package, system and method for use in a downhole tool suitable are provided. The gyroscope package, system and method includes a housing coupleable with a downhole tool, a gyroscope body within the housing, and an inductive-type MEMS gyroscope. The MEMS gyroscope includes a magnetic shield disposed around the inductive-type MEMS gyroscope to magnetically shield the inductive-type MEMS gyroscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Juei Igarashi, Sogo Kuroiwa, Shigeru Sato, Akira Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10976237
    Abstract: A shoe traction testing and measuring device, comprising a base frame, a rear leg assembly, a front leg assembly, a hip joint, and a piston. The piston is connected to the base frame and the rear leg assembly. A lower portion of the rear leg assembly is connected to the base frame and an upper portion of the rear leg assembly is connected to an upper portion of the front leg assembly at the hip joint. The front leg assembly comprises an articulating ankle and a replica foot, which is configured to don a shoe to be tested. When the piston actuates forward, the upper portion of the rear leg assembly tilts forward, which causes the front leg assembly to move forward and downward, simulating a step of a human, which causes the shoe on the replica foot to contact a force plate or a surface that is on top of the force plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Heeluxe, LLC
    Inventor: Geoffrey Gray
  • Patent number: 10961847
    Abstract: Disclosed is a downhole tool comprising a fast hybrid telemetry module, and electronics module, and an acoustic flow meter tool module. Suitably, the fast hybrid telemetry module, the electronics module, and the acoustic flow meter tool module are assembled in series. Initially, the acoustic flow meter tool module is preferably provided for regular measurement of fluid temperature, fluid velocity, and fluid density in downhole oilfield production applications. Preferably, the electronics module is provided for data processing and self-compensation of the acoustic flow meter tool module (i.e., automated adjustment of acoustic wave energy and signal conditioning settings to perform flow rate measurements in a wide range of well bore conditions). Finally, the fast hybrid telemetry module is configured for bidirectional data transmission between the downhole tool and a surface data acquisition and monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Reinaldo Varela, Mauricio Rojas, Zenir Viero, Diana Lorena Mendez, Juan Carlos de los Rios, Andrea J. Ortega
  • Patent number: 10962457
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for impact testing of a transparent substrate are provided. The apparatus includes a base (110) for receiving the transparent substrate (112), the base having a curved surface (124) about which the transparent substrate is bent by a first fixture (130) and a second fixture (132). An abrasive sheet (136) is disposed between the transparent substrate and an impacting object (138) which is released from above the substrate such that the force from the impacting object causes damage to the transparent substrate while the transparent substrate is bent about the curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Benedict Osobomen Egboiyi, Kevin Barry Reiman, Brian Paul Strines
  • Patent number: 10955325
    Abstract: An exemplary paddle includes a central shaft having a first end and a second end. One or more lateral blades extend laterally from the central shaft, and each lateral blade including a geared end positioned adjacent the central shaft and a distal end opposite the geared end. Each lateral blade provides a blade gear at the geared end. A drive shaft is movably positioned within the central shaft and operatively coupled to the one or more lateral blades such that rotation of the drive shaft about a central axis rotates the one or more lateral blades about a corresponding one or more blade axes. The one or more lateral blades are able to move between a horizontal position and a vertical position via independent actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Heidt Matthews, Ben John Iverson, Andrew David Vos, Christopher Ray Bell
  • Patent number: 10946638
    Abstract: A hybrid transfer machine includes: a body including a first drum installation part, a second drum installation part, a first body, a second body, and a worktable; a first drive means configured to allow wound fabric to be unwound; a thermal transfer unit configured to be installed in the second body, and to press and heat the fabric and transfer paper; a piece-type roller arm configured to be installed in the second body, and to guide the transfer paper to the third drum installation part; a second drive means configured to allow the transfer paper to be wound; a third drive means configured to allow the fabric to be wound; and a conveyer configured to be installed in the body, and to transfer the fabric and the transfer paper to the third and fourth drum installation parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KYUNGIL-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Soon Tae Jung
  • Patent number: 10946691
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure set forth an embosser for a die. The embosser includes a frame having two sides. The embosser includes a handle and a roller body. The roller body includes a first roller in contact with the die and a second roller. In response to the handle being moved toward the roller body to a first handle position, the first roller is moved toward a first edge of the die and the second roller is in contact with the die. In response to the handle being moved toward the roller body to a second handle position from the first handle position, the first roller and the second roller remain in contact with the die and further press the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Jer Shih
  • Patent number: 10946683
    Abstract: This application relates generally systems and methods for interrupting counterfeiting workflows, and more specifically to methods for adequately concealing aspects of printer configuration, such as number of plates used to print a document or a setup of inks and split fountains. It is therefore possible to obscure the individual plate images and application of ink to those plate images, thereby impeding accurate redrawing of security artwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Homeland Security
    Inventors: Joel Zlotnick, Troy Eberhardt, Jordan Brough
  • Patent number: 10948398
    Abstract: An assay system for a repellent includes transparent tubing having end chambers; a central testing area positioned between the end chambers; small openings between the central testing area and end chambers; absorbent material positioned adjacent to the openings and being soaked in either a control substance or a repellent; and fruit flies are introduced into the central testing area and allowed to migrate through the openings and into either end chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Peng Xu
  • Patent number: 10940684
    Abstract: A roller assembly for a heat transfer printing system or hot foil transfer system is provided. The roller assembly includes a cylindrical roller core that extends around a center axis. The roller core includes an exterior surface and an opposite interior surface. The exterior surface is positioned to face a target object being printed upon. The roller assembly also includes a pliable tube in contact with the exterior surface and positioned to contact a thermal print ribbon disposed between the tube and the target object while the roller core is rotated to apply pressure on the ribbon and print onto the target object from the ribbon. The tube is not bonded to the roller core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Fisher, Timothy Spencer Burt, Brenda Lee Denny
  • Patent number: 10942079
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base assembly, a gasket and a housing assembly. The base assembly may have a locking feature and a bearing feature. The locking feature may have a first passage in communication with an exterior of the apparatus. The gasket may be disposed on the base assembly and may have (i) a base portion, (ii) a column portion and (iii) a second passage in communication with the first passage. The housing assembly may have a sealing feature and may be configured to hold a sensor. The sealing feature (a) may mate with the bearing feature and (b) may compress the base portion of the gasket. The sensor (a) may seal to the column portion of the gasket and (b) may be in communication with the exterior of the apparatus through the first passage and the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Pusheck, Joshua Forwerck
  • Patent number: 10935536
    Abstract: An improved sensor fish with robust design and enhanced measurement capabilities. This sensor fish contains sensors for acceleration, rotation, magnetic field intensity, pressure, and temperature. A low-power microcontroller collects data from the sensors and stores up to 5 minutes of data on a non-volatile flash memory. A rechargeable battery supplies power to the sensor fish. A recovery system helps locating sensor fish. The package, when ready for use is nearly neutrally buoyant and thus mimics the behavior of an actual fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Z. Daniel Deng, Mitchell J. Myjak, Jun Lu, Jayson J. Martinez, Chuan Tian, Thomas J. Carlson, Scott J. Morris, Hongfei Hou
  • Patent number: 10926559
    Abstract: A medium-cutting device includes a medium-conveyance section to convey a medium in a medium-conveyance direction, a cutter to cut the medium conveyed by the medium-conveyance section, and a pushing part to push up a piece of the medium that is cut from the medium with the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Suguru Masunaga
  • Patent number: 10914669
    Abstract: Provided herein are coded fluid paths. Also provided herein are devices and systems containing one or more of the coded fluid paths. Also provided herein are methods of using the coded fluid paths, devices, and systems provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventor: Ali Faith Sarioglu
  • Patent number: 10914661
    Abstract: A hardness tester includes an indenter, an arm and a driver which loads a test force onto the indenter and press the indenter against a sample, a spring displacement amount sensor detecting a value for the test force loaded onto the indenter, and a controller. In a state where a predetermined test force (total test force) is loaded onto the indenter by the driver, when the value of the test force detected by the spring displacement amount sensor exceeds a predefined allowable margin relative to the predetermined test force, the controller executes predetermined processes, including an interrupt process interrupting the test currently being executed and a notification process notifying a user that the value of the test force exceeded the allowable margin during execution of the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Ryunosuke Yano, Masanobu Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10914662
    Abstract: A method for analyzing material wear in a hydrocarbon production environment is disclosed. The method includes the steps of preparing a sample of material to be disposed proximate the hydrocarbon production environment; selecting a placement location for the sample of material, wherein the placement location is in fluid communication with a fluid flow for which the impact of the fluid flow on the sample of material is to be tested; disposing the sample of material in the placement location for a pre-determined amount of time; allowing the sample of material to be exposed to the fluid flow; retrieving the sample of material from the placement location after the pre-determined amount of time has passed; and analyzing the sample of material for wear caused by the hydrocarbon production environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hydril USA Distribution LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Cheaney Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10900678
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to various embodiments of an hermetically-sealed gas enclosure assembly and system that can be readily transportable and assemblable and provide for maintaining a minimum inert gas volume and maximal access to various devices and apparatuses enclosed therein. Various embodiments of an hermetically-sealed gas enclosure assembly and system of the present teachings can have a gas enclosure assembly constructed in a fashion that minimizes the internal volume of a gas enclosure assembly, and at the same time optimizes the working space to accommodate a variety of footprints of various OLED printing systems. Various embodiments of a gas enclosure assembly so constructed additionally provide ready access to the interior of a gas enclosure assembly from the exterior during processing and readily access to the interior for maintenance, while minimizing downtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KATEEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Mauck, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Eliyahu Vronsky, Shandon Alderson
  • Patent number: 10900936
    Abstract: A sample solution (21) that is a first solvent containing a sample is stored in a first storage section (17). A pseudo matrix solution (22) that is a second solvent, with higher polarity than the first solvent, in which a pseudo matrix is dissolved is stored in a second storage section (18). A suction control unit (191) causes the sample solution (21) in the first storage section (17) and the pseudo matrix solution (22) in the second storage section (18) to be sucked into a syringe (15). An injection control unit (192) causes the sample solution (21) and the pseudo matrix solution (22) to be vaporized in a sample vaporization chamber (12), by causing the sample solution (21) and the pseudo matrix solution (22) sucked into the syringe (15) to be injected into the sample vaporization chamber (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Masato Takakura
  • Patent number: 10889137
    Abstract: A tape cartridge mounted to a tape printer includes a ribbon feeding core on which an ink ribbon is wound so as to be capable of being fed and a ribbon winding core that winds the ink ribbon fed from the ribbon feeding core. In the tape cartridge, the ribbon feeding core includes a core body that winds the ink ribbon and a shaft engaging part formed at an end portion of the core body and engaged with a feeding-side driving shaft of the tape printer. The shaft engaging part protrudes in an axial direction of the core body from an end surface of the core body and is formed in a crown shape in which a plurality of convex portions and a plurality of concave portions are alternately arranged side by side in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Taishi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10876826
    Abstract: A system is provided for measuring a thickness of rubber layer of a tire. The layer includes a joined face, which is joined to an adjacent metal reinforcement, and a free face in contact with air. The system includes a casing with an application face for contacting the free face, and a sensor positioned in the casing and structured to measure a distance d between the joined face and the free face. The sensor includes a source coil and an adjacent sensing element. The source coil is a source of an alternating magnetic field. The sensing element includes a sensing device configured to produce an output signal that is dependent on an induced local magnetic field. An excitation power and a frequency of the source coil are such that the local magnetic field induced between the reinforcement and the source coil increases in strength as the distance d decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Thomas Ledoux, Grégory Michaud, Denis Martin, Patrick Meneroud