Patents Examined by Jill E. Culler
  • Patent number: 10352688
    Abstract: A device for measuring the tread depth of a tire includes measuring modules situated transversely with respect to the running direction of the tire and connected to a shared evaluation device. Each measuring module includes (i) an illumination device which is configured and situated in such a way that during operation it projects at least one light line onto the tread to be measured, and (ii) at least one image recording device recording at least one image of at least one area of the tread to be measured. The at least one illumination device and the at least one image recording device are configured and situated in such a way that the illumination direction of the illumination device and the image recording direction of the image recording device are oriented neither in parallel to one another nor orthogonally with respect to the tread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Beissbarth GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Uffenkamp, Jochen Wingbermuehle, Guenter Nobis, Marc Luther
  • Patent number: 10345104
    Abstract: Systems are disclosed for the combined measurement of linear and angular displacements, with high sensitivity, wide measurement band at low frequency based on the configuration of the folded pendulum, and a linear and angular displacement sensor for applications of monitoring and control. Examples of possible applications of the combined sensor subject-matter of the present invention are sensor for the seismic monitoring, sensor for systems of monitoring and/or control of civil and industrial buildings, dykes, bridges, tunnels, etc., sensor for system of monitoring and/or control for the realization of systems of seismic attenuation and inertial platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITÀ{grave over ( )}DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
    Inventors: Fabrizio Barone, Fausto Acernese, Gerardo Giordano
  • Patent number: 10345328
    Abstract: A wind direction meter has the following plurality of sensors and a control unit. Each sensor has a first surface and has first and second interlayer connection members made of different metals or semiconductors. Further, the wind direction meter includes a thermoelectric conversion element which generates an electrical output when a temperature difference occurs between first ends and second ends of the respective first and second interlayer connection members. The sensor generates an electric output when the surrounding air, whose temperature has been changed by a heater, is moved by the wind to produce a temperature difference between the first ends and the second ends of the first and second interlayer connection members. The control unit calculates the direction of the wind on the basis of the difference in output. Thus, the wind direction of a weak wind can be detected with the wind direction meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Toshikazu Harada, Atusi Sakaida, Toshihisa Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10337971
    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: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hydril USA Distribution, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Cheaney Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10309982
    Abstract: A measurement device includes a frame member rotatably supported about a first axis line, a detection body disposed inside of the frame member and rotatably supported relative to the frame member about a second axis line, and a vane disposed on one end side of the detection body in a direction orthogonal to the second axis line and that directs the other end side of the detection body in the direction orthogonal to the second axis line toward an air flow upstream side upon receiving an air flow. The measurement device includes a wind direction sensor disposed in the detection body that detects a wind direction as a direction of the other end side of the detection body in the direction orthogonal to the second axis line, and a wind speed sensor disposed in the detection body that detects a wind speed of the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Tatsuya Toyama, Motohiro Kitada, Takashi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10309665
    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: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Mauck, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Eliyahu Vronsky, Shandon Alderson
  • Patent number: 10310431
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: an image forming section configured to form an image onto a recording medium in which sheets are laminated via an adhesive layer; a detection unit configured to detect an amount of an adhesive adhered beyond both edges of the recording medium in a width direction orthogonal to a transport direction; and a control unit configured to calculate a correction amount for correcting an image formation condition for the image forming section on the basis of a difference in the amount of the adhesive on both edges of the recording medium in the width direction detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kusunoki, Katsuya Toyofuku, Kimio Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 10308008
    Abstract: A device for printing hollow bodies includes a segmented wheel which can be rotated about a rotational axis. The segmented wheel has multiple segments, one behind the other, on the segmented wheel circumference, each for receiving a respective printing blanket. At least one of the printing blankets, which is arranged on one of the segments, is arranged on the hollow body to be printed in a rolling manner or at least in a rollable manner. Each of the printing blankets is arranged on a plate-shaped metal support. Each plate-shaped metal support is configured to be bendable and forms a metal printing blanket, together with the printing blanket arranged on the support. Each metal printing blanket formed by the respective support, together with the printing blanket arranged on the support, is arranged or can at least be arranged on one of the segments of the segmented wheel in a replaceable manner as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Stephan Behnke, Bernd Masuch, Kurt Weschenfelder
  • Patent number: 10308012
    Abstract: A method for checking the maintenance of register of printing images to be printed on two opposite sides of a printing material, in which the first side of the printing material is printed in a rotary printing press by a first printing unit cylinder, and in which the second side of the printing material, which lies opposite to first cite, is printed in the printing press by a second printing unit cylinder which interacts with the first printing unit cylinder. A printed image is printed by the first printing unit cylinder under the second printing unit cylinder. Afterwards, the printing material is printed in contact with the two interacting printing unit cylinders with the printing image, which is printed under the second printing unit cylinder, being printed onto the same side of the printing material together with an identical or a different printing image which is to be printed by the second printing unit cylinder during continuous printing of the rotary printing press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer AG
    Inventors: Florian Bumm, Steffen Fischer, Sebastian Franz
  • Patent number: 10301928
    Abstract: A method of flow testing can include dispensing at least one solid material and at least one liquid into each of multiple wells in a filter plate, and then heating the filter plate with the solid material and liquid therein to an elevated temperature. A flow testing system can include a multiple well filter plate, each of the wells having disposed therein a selected combination of formation particles, a fracturing fluid and a liquid hydrocarbon, and a heating device that heats the filter plate to an elevated temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody M. Burks, Ajish Sreeni Radhakrishnan Potty, Zheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10295961
    Abstract: A process for decorating a dial includes a step (E1) of engraving a pattern in a pad-printing cliché with a femtosecond laser, then a step (E20) of transferring said pattern to the dial using the pad-printing cliché. The process can include surface structuring of the dial, then transferring the pattern to the dial at least partially superposed on surface-structuring obtained by the surface structuring, and can also include an intermediate coloring of the decorated or to be decorated surface in the surface structuring, using a different color from the color used in the transferring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Alexandre Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10288912
    Abstract: A transfer plate and an orientation film generation system are provided. The transfer plate includes a bottom plate and a plurality of relief plates, wherein, the bottom plate is disposed on a printing cylinder and is distributed with a plurality of engagement holes, each of the engagement holes has a plurality of stopper locations configured to provide different engagement depths; and the plurality of relief plates and the plurality of engagement holes are disposed in one-to-one correspondence, and each of the relief plates is provided with an engagement pin cooperated with the stopper locations of a corresponding engagement hole, wherein the relief plate is made of permeable materials. The orientation film generation system includes the above transfer plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jing Wang, Jinbo Ding, Ying Zhang, Changjiang Wang, Xuchen Yuan, Xin Li
  • Patent number: 10246997
    Abstract: A device for testing samples of material in a fluid upstream of a pump of a fluid pumping installation and a pumping installation comprising such a device, the device comprising: a casing having one inlet opening for the fluid and one outlet opening for the fluid, the outlet opening fixed to the pump; and a perforated cartridge to contain the samples of material to be tested, the perforated cartridge being arranged in the casing between the inlet opening and the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Stephanie Serres, Gregoire Crotte, Eric Perret
  • Patent number: 10245906
    Abstract: A system and method of estimating a load bearing on a vehicle tire includes an inflation pressure measuring sensor for measuring an inflation pressure level within a tire cavity; a contact patch length sensor measuring the rolling contact patch length of the tire; a tire rolling speed sensor measuring a rolling speed of the tire; and a tire wear state estimation calculator estimating a tire wear state of a tread of the tire. An artificial neural network estimates a tire load from the contact patch length, the inflation pressure level, and the tire rolling speed by utilizing as a compensation factor input the estimated tire wear state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Kanwar Bharat Singh, Anthony William Parsons, Marc Engel
  • Patent number: 10233933
    Abstract: A method for measuring an air volume of a blower motor, including: a) establishing M constant air volume control functions Qi=F(n) corresponding to M air volume points CFMi in a microprocessor of a motor controller; b) starting the motor, measuring a real-time rotational speed n0 and a parameter Q0 of the motor after the motor runs in a stable state, putting the parameter Q0 into the functions Qi=F(n) to obtain multiple rotational speeds ni, comparing the real-time rotational speed n0 with the multiple rotational speeds ni corresponding to the multiple air volume points CFMi, and determining a real-time detected air volume CFM0 which falls within two air volumes CFMi and CFMi-1; and c) calculating the real-time detected air volume CFM0 according to the two air volumes CFMi and CFMi-1 and the rotational speeds ni and ni-1 using an interpolation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Jizhong Wang, Yiqiao Zhou, Zheng Zhang, Yong Zhao, Xiansheng Zhang, Hairong Sun
  • Patent number: 10234808
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a sheet bundle binding device capable of easily removing some sheets from a sheet bundle that has been subjected to staple-free binding. A corner Sc of a first sheet bundle which is accumulated on a processing tray is subjected to proper binding using a staple needle by a staple binding unit. Then, a corner of a second sheet bundle obtained by accumulating additional sheets on the first sheet bundle is pressed and deformed between crimping toothed parts of a staple-free binding unit to temporarily bind the second sheet bundle. Thus, the additional sheets can easily be removed from the second sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ishihara, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10234349
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor system capable of more accurately detecting abnormality. A sensor IC includes a first detector, a second detector, and a communication circuit. The first detector and the second detector output a first digital value and a second digital value according to the strength of a magnetic flux applied thereto, respectively. The communication circuit transmits the first and second digital values received from the first and second detectors to a control device. At this time, the communication circuitplaces the first and second digital values in a plurality of frames to transmit the plurality of frames. The communication circuit forms the plurality of frames such that bit information data of the first and second digital values placed in the frames is arranged in different orders between the first and second digital values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kichise, Yoshitomo Tokumoto, Kazuya Sakai, Yutaro Ishimoto, Kaname Aoki
  • Patent number: 10228304
    Abstract: There is described a shaft shear event detection method. The method comprises storing in memory a shaft oscillation signature determined as a function of known characteristics of the shaft and associated with a shaft shear event; monitoring a rotational speed of the shaft; detecting from the rotational speed an oscillation wave superimposed on the rotational speed, the oscillation wave having a wave modulation frequency and a wave modulation amplitude; comparing the oscillation signature to the oscillation wave; and detecting the shaft shear event when the oscillation wave corresponds to the oscillation signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bernard Heyerman, Antwan Shenouda, Michael Krynski, Poi Loon Tang
  • Patent number: 10201966
    Abstract: An apparatus for pad printing includes a printing pad (12). A textured transfer member (13) is configured to be pressed alternately by the printing pad (12) against an ink carrier (17) and against a substrate (24) so as to transfer an ink pattern to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yacov Shneider, Orna Ternyak, Svetlana Yofis
  • Patent number: 10190958
    Abstract: A method for measuring permeability of a formation using a probe permeameter includes confining a sample of the formation in a container. The sample is covered with a screen having at least one perforation therein. The probe permeameter is applied to the at least one perforation in the screen. Permeability of the formation is measured at the at least one perforation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: New England Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory N. Boitnott