Patents Examined by Jill E. Culler
  • 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
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    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
  • Patent number: 10876958
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device comprising: a resonant tank (100) consisting of two primary tubes (105, 106) which are closed on the ends thereof and interconnected, close to each of the ends thereof, by two secondary tubes (109, 110), and provided with a gas-introducing means (118, 119); a first laser source (112) modulated to a first resonance frequency of the tank, which supplies an excitation energy in at least one of the primary tubes, with an emission wavelength corresponding to a local maximum absorption wavelength for a first gas, for generating a first stationary wave propagating along the secondary tubes; a second laser source (117) modulated to a second resonance frequency of the tank, which supplies an excitation energy in at least one of the secondary tubes, with an emission wavelength corresponding to a local maximum absorption wavelength for a second gas, for generating a second stationary wave propagating along the primary tubes; at least one acoustoelectric transducer (103, 104, 123, 124) a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AEROVIA
    Inventors: Christophe Risser, Virginie Zeninari, Bertrand Parvitte
  • Patent number: 10875366
    Abstract: A tire pressure sensor device (122) for a wheel (112) of an aircraft (102) including a pressure sensor (124) for measuring the internal pressure of a tire, a temperature sensor (126) for measuring a temperature local to the tire (116), a memory unit (131) local to the tire for storing data, and a control unit (128) local to the tire arranged to record in the memory unit (131) data of the readings taken at intervals of time. The data recorded for each reading includes an indication of the time of the reading, the tire pressure and the temperature local to the tire. Measurements may be taken and recorded over time, both when the aircraft is on the ground and when the aircraft is in flight. Data may be uploaded to a portable handheld device (140) for analysis when maintaining the tires in their correctly inflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Raymond Bill
  • Patent number: 10859468
    Abstract: A system for measuring the depth of tread of a tyre (5) on a wheel (2) of a vehicle (1) whilst the wheel is rotating and moving along the ground. A camera (3) captures images whilst the tyre rotates for at least the major part of its circumference. Light sources (L1 to L4) are spaced longitudinally and are directed at an acute angle to the path of the tyre, to illuminate the tyre whilst images are captured. The images are analysed by data processing apparatus (8) and the tread depth is determined from the length of shadows (12, 13) in the gaps (11) between tread blocks (10). The light sources are activated and de-activated sequentially in accordance with signals from longitudinally spaced sensors (S1 to S4) which detect the presence of the tyre, so that when an image is captured of a portion of the tyre tread, only one light source is activated to illuminate that portion of the tyre tread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Wheelright Limited
    Inventors: Paul Michael Taylor, William James Bradley, Willem Paul Beeker, Alexander Paul Codd
  • Patent number: 10857780
    Abstract: A system for the replacement of sleeves that can be slipped on arbors of ink transfer rollers of at least printing machine has a storage device, in which the sleeves not being, used in current ink transfer can be stored, and a transport device, with which several sleeves can be transported to the printing machine. The system has a transfer device the facilitates the transfer of the sleeves between the storage device and/or the transport device and the arbors of the ink transfer rollers, and/or between the storage device and the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER KG
    Inventors: Franz Plasswich, Dietmar Poetter
  • Patent number: 10852684
    Abstract: A drive transmission apparatus includes an engage member that is rotatable in a radially displaced state with respect to a shaft member and an engaged member that is rotatable centering on an axis parallel with the shaft member. The engage member and the engaged member are engaged with and disengaged from each other by relatively moving along an axial direction. The drive transmission apparatus further includes a moving portion which can move the engage member in a direction in which a rotational axis of the engage member approaches an axis of the shaft member in a disengaged condition in which the engage member is disengaged from the engaged member. The moving portion thus regulates offset amount of the engage member in the disengaged condition, so that the engage member and the engaged member reliably engage with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10828946
    Abstract: A valve stem system includes a valve stem that is fluidly coupled to a tire thereby facilitating the valve stem to selectively inflate and deflate the tire. A sensing unit is coupled to the valve stem and the sensing unit is visible on the valve stem. The sensing unit is in fluid communication with the valve stem to sense air pressure within the tire thereby facilitating the sensing unit to display the air pressure within the tire. A valve stem assembly includes a pressure sensing body and a valve core configured to threadedly engage the tire stem and regulate air flow from a tire. The pressure sensing body includes plunger that responds to pressure fluctuations in the tire and provides a continuous measurement of air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Nigel Ramsubagh, Carmen Ramsubagh, Allen Nejah
  • Patent number: 10823545
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coaxiality detecting tool composed of a hexagon flange nut, a measuring column and a detection sleeve. When the coaxiality detecting tool is used, a cone of the measuring column is matched with a cone hole of a detected workpiece, the hexagon flange nut is matched with a threaded column of the measuring column, and the measuring column is fixed on the workpiece; an inner hole of the detection sleeve is matched with a detection column, the conical surface of the detection sleeve is in contact with the orifice of a ?E hole in the workpiece, whether the whole conical surface is in uniform contact with the orifice of the ?E hole is observed, and if in uniform contact, the detected coaxiality is qualified, otherwise, the detected coaxiality is unqualified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bowen Xue, Haiyi Wang, Huayou Li, Zhanku Wang, Jiandong Guo
  • Patent number: 10823754
    Abstract: In some examples, a device comprises a proof mass and a support base configured to support the proof mass, wherein the proof mass is configured to displace in response to an acceleration of the device. The device also comprises a flexure configured to flexibly connect the proof mass to the support base. The device also comprises a strain-monitoring device configured to measure an amount of strain on the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Dwyer, Stephen F. Becka
  • Patent number: 10814614
    Abstract: Provided are a transfer roller 33 that transfers an image formed on a transfer film 46 to a card, peeling member 34b that peels off the transfer film 46 from the card after transferring the image, and transfer roller up-and-down means 61 and peeling member up-and-down means 62 for respectively moving the transfer roller 33 and the peeling member 34b up and down. By this means, the transfer roller 33 and the peeling member 34b are moved up and down respectively at predetermined timing before transfer and after transfer, and it is thereby possible to always perform stable image formation without causing the transfer film to become damaged and/or deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Tamura, Tsuyoshi Kubota, Yuichi Aihara
  • Patent number: 10800624
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus that reduces image artifacts caused by the back tension of a separating unit. A control unit decreases the number of rotations (the rotational speed) of a resist roller pair after the leading edge of a sheet reaches a transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwata, Motoyasu Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10800213
    Abstract: Tire wear detection apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a tire including a wear bar coupled thereto. The example vehicle also includes a light source to emit a light and means for directing the light to the tire. At least a portion of the wear bar is to glow when exposed to the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, James J. Surman, Terry Lobsinger
  • Patent number: 10775404
    Abstract: A method for closed loop operation of a capacitive accelerometer uses a single current source (62) and a single current sink (64) to apply an in-phase drive signal V1? to a first set of fixed capacitive electrode fingers and a corresponding anti-phase drive signal V2? to a second set of fixed capacitive electrode fingers. This provides a net electrostatic restoring force on the proof mass for balancing the inertial force of the applied acceleration and maintains the proof mass at a null position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Townsend, Michael Durston, Douglas Sitch
  • Patent number: 10773540
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a water-based or solvent-based washing unit for washing a flexographic plate. The washing unit comprises a containment structure which defines a lower basin and at least two side basins which are supplied with the washing liquid and are arranged so that the water overflowing from the side basins is collected in the lower basin. A brush partially immersed in the liquid bath defined by the basin itself is installed at each basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SASU VIANORD ENGINEERING
    Inventor: Riccardo De Caria
  • Patent number: 10768569
    Abstract: A fixing device includes first and second rotatable members; a movable member; a first supporting side plate including an opening; a second supporting side plate; a detecting portion; a supporting plate; a holding portion; a slit portion; a first projected portion; a second projected portion; and a hole. When the position of the holding portion with respect to the height direction is regulated by the second projected portion in contact with the supporting plate, in a projection plane in which the outside of the first supporting side plate is viewed in the longitudinal direction of the first rotatable member, the flag portion is accommodated inside the opening and is in a non-overlapping position with the detecting portion. When the projected portion is engaged in the hole, in the projection plane, the flag portion is in an overlapping position with the detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shutaro Saito
  • Patent number: 10767992
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a gyro sensor system including a gyro sensor unit is disclosed. The unit includes a movable body, a spring mechanism, a detector, an adjuster, and a rotation angle acquisition unit. The spring mechanism vibrates the movable body. A detector detects an amplitude of vibration of the movable body due to Coriolis force. The adjuster adjusts a first resonance frequency of vibration of the movable body in free vibration and a second resonance frequency of vibration of the movable body due to Coriolis force on the movable body so that the first and second resonance frequencies are to coincide with each other based on the amplitude of the vibration due to Coriolis force. The rotation angle acquisition unit acquires a rotation angle of the movable body, based on the amplitude of the vibration due to Coriolis force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Tamio Ikehashi
  • Patent number: 10753826
    Abstract: A test sample support for use in a collision test using a center pillar assembly of an automobile body as a test sample, includes a linear main body, a first attachment part, and a second attachment part. A cross section of the main body of the test sample support is an open section of cross-shaped. The first attachment part is secured to the center pillar assembly. The second attachment part is secured to a collision test apparatus. This makes it possible to perform a collision test conveniently and at a low cost, thereby accurately evaluating side collision performance of the center pillar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Ito, Susumu Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10753744
    Abstract: A MEMS sensor device comprises a support substrate, a proof mass movably connected to the support substrate, a first drive comb fixedly connected to the support substrate in a first orientation and adjacent to the proof mass, and a second drive comb fixedly connected to the support substrate in a second orientation and adjacent to the proof mass. The second orientation is opposite of the first orientation such that the first and second drive combs face toward each other. A parallel plate sense electrode is located under the proof mass on the support substrate. The drive combs and the parallel plate sense electrode are each electrically charged and configured with respect to the proof mass such that a combination of a levitation force and a parallel plate force produces a linear out-of-plane actuation that depends only on an applied voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mikulas Jandak, Tomas Neuzil, Hana Krausova, Michael Schneider, Ulrich Schmid
  • Patent number: 10752062
    Abstract: A system for indirectly monitoring the inflation pressure of pneumatic-tyred vehicle wheels, and also to a wheel. The wheel is having a wheel body with a rim part and a disc part, and a tyre detachably fitted on the rim part of the wheel body. The wheel comprises at least one deformation sensor for sensing the tyre inflation pressure at the time, and the system comprises a data transmission device for transmitting sensor signals of the at least one sensor to an evaluation device, and an evaluation device for evaluating the sensor signals. In order to provide a system and vehicle wheels that are simplified in comparison with the tyre pressure monitoring system previously used, the deformation sensor is fitted on the wheel body and is usable or used for sensing inflation-pressure-dependent deformations of the wheel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hayes Lemmerz Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Rode, Uwe Gohrbandt, Volker Weber