Patents Examined by John C Hanley
  • Patent number: 7080553
    Abstract: A micro-accelerometer includes first and second closed cavities, into each of which an equal quantity of gas is introduced. A membrane partitions the symmetrical first and second cavities. Temperature sensors are provided within the first and second cavities, respectively, to measure the gas temperatures within the cavities. Difference of temperature is not caused so long as no acceleration affects the inner side of the cavities. However, if a linear acceleration is applied, the membrane is deformed in the direction of acceleration, whereby for example, the gas within the first temperature is compressed and its temperature increases, whereas the temperature of the second cavity decreases because the gas is expanded within the second cavity. The difference of gas temperatures between the first and second cavities is measured as a variation of electric power resistance by the temperature sensors and applied as a function of acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-bing Luo, Hye-jung Cho
  • Patent number: 7071549
    Abstract: An acceleration sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a sensing element formed on the semiconductor substrate, a bonding frame made of polysilicon which is formed on the semiconductor substrate and surrounds the sensing element, and a glass cap which is bonded to a top surface of the bonding frame made of polysilicon to cover the sensing element above the sensing element while being spaced by a predetermined distance from the sensing element. The bonding frame made of polysilicon is not doped with any impurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7040144
    Abstract: Microfluidic devices, systems, and methods measure viscosity, flow times, and/or pressures, other flow characteristics within the channels, and the measured flow characteristics can be used to generate a desired flow. Multi-reservoir pressure modulator and pressure controller systems, electrokinetic systems and/or other fluid transport mechanisms can generate the flow, controllably mix fluids, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Spaid, Andrea W. Chow, Benjamin N. Wang, Ring-Ling Chien, J. Wallace Parce, Anne R. Kopf-Sill, Josh Molho, Anubhav Tripathi, Matthew B. Kerby
  • Patent number: 7028531
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement is suitable for detecting if a windscreen of a motor vehicle is fogging. The sensor arrangement includes a heat conducting layer disposed on a supporting surface, the layer exhibiting good heat conducting properties. A support plate is arranged on top of the heat conducting layer, including a recess and several electrical conductor tracks. A moisture-sensitive sensor element is arranged in the region of the recess of the support plate. The sensor element is electroconductively connected to the conductor tracks on the support plate. The temperature difference between the sensor element and the supporting plate may not exceed a given limit when measurement occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: E+E Elektronik Ges.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Gerhard Nikolaus
  • Patent number: 7010975
    Abstract: A balancing machine with a clamping device for mounting a vehicle wheel on a balancing machine shaft. The clamping device has a mounting flange (7) with multiple recesses (13) for receiving at least one centering pin (8). To reduce centering errors and/or balancing errors because of play between the centering pin (8) and the mounting flange (7), e.g., due to manufacturing tolerances or wear, the centering pin has an elastically deformable circumference (21) which in its operating position is in contact with a wall surface (25) of the mounting flange (7) bounding the recess (13). The circumference (21) can be either hydraulically or mechanically deformable. In addition, the invention also relates to a balancing machine having a mounting flange (7) having a central opening for axial guidance on a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventors: Harald Oppermann, Guy Carter
  • Patent number: 7010977
    Abstract: In an implementation in rate gyro mode, the method comprises the steps of exciting the vibrating member by means of a combination of control signals comprising an amplitude control signal at the resonant frequency of the vibrating member or at a frequency twice the resonant frequency, a precession control signal at a frequency twice the resonant frequency, and a quadrature control signal at DC, at the resonant frequency, or at a frequency twice the resonant frequency. In free gyro mode, the method includes the steps of applying a combination of signals to common electrodes 5 and of applying said combination in alternation to main electrodes 5.1 and 5.2 and to secondary electrodes 7.1 and 7.2 interleaved between the main electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Sagem SA
    Inventor: Alain Renault
  • Patent number: 7007544
    Abstract: A knock sensor of the invention includes a base having a cylindrical part mounted on a vibration generating part and a flange part, an annular piezoelectric element fitted to the cylindrical part and for converting a knocking vibration of the vibration generating part into an electric signal to detect it, electrodes respectively provided to be in contact with both surfaces of the piezoelectric element, terminal plates disposed to be in contact with the respective electrodes and for extracting an output of the piezoelectric element to outside, and a hold unit for pressure holding the piezoelectric element, the electrodes and the terminal plates to the flange part, in which the electrodes are provided to be in partial contact with the piezoelectric element, and an electric insulating material having an almost equal thickness to the electrode is provided on a portion of the piezoelectric element which is not in contact with the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha, Fuji Ceramics Corporation
    Inventors: Harumasa Shibata, Akito Yokoi, Keizo Miyake, Hidehiro Inaba
  • Patent number: 7004030
    Abstract: An acceleration sensor capable of standing a great acceleration is to be provided. It is configured of a mounting board and a sensor chip in which the sensor chip is formed of a weight, a beam and a frame. Then, the weight is surrounded by the frame. The weight is joined to the frame by a plurality of the beams, and the weight is separated from the board by being supported by the beams. Additionally, a thin, rectangular stopper is disposed on the mounting board right under the weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naokatsu Ikegami, Takasumi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7000470
    Abstract: A wheel speed sensor has a detection element having at least one lead for detecting a wheel speed, at least one terminal portion connected to the lead of the detection element, a holder portion having a detection element fitting portion fitting the detection element therein and a terminal portion fitting portion fitting the terminal portion therein, and a resin sealed portion sealing the holder portion in a state the detection element and the terminal portion connected with an electric wire are held in the holder portion. The detection element fitting portion and the terminal portion fitting portion are disposed such that the lead of the detection element is brought into abutment with or proximity to a predetermined location of the terminal portion when the detection element and the terminal portion are fitted in the detection element fitting portion and the terminal portion fitting portion, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Iijima, Kazuhiro Ota, Shigeru Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 6986276
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus comprises a phase fraction meter and a compliant mandrel deployable within a production pipe, and may further comprise a flow velocity meter. The mandrel allows the determination of the phase fraction for a fluid comprising three phases by providing an additional cross sectional compliance within the conduit, thereby allowing the density of the fluid to be determined. The mandrel also provides a specified blockage through the flow velocity meter, thereby increasing flow velocity through the meter. This allows flow rate measurements in conditions under which flow velocity in the under-restricted cross-sectional area of the pipe would normally be very low. Further, the mandrel can provide a specified restriction in the pipe, i.e., a venturi. By measuring the differential pressure across the venturi and utilizing the measured fluid velocity from the flow velocity meter, the density of the fluid mixture can be calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Gysling, Stuart E. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6981415
    Abstract: By applying a first value of voltage to a first side of a MEMS gyroscope and applying a second value of voltage to a second side of the MEMS gyroscope, the start time of the MEMS gyroscope may be improved. The first and second value of voltage may be provided by a bias power source, such as a battery or a super capacitor. The first value of voltage may be substantially equal in magnitude to and opposite in polarity to the second value of voltage. The bias power source may also be applied to drive electronics connected to the MEMS gyroscope. The bias power source may prevent amplifiers within the drive electronics from saturating during the start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Platt, Mark W. Weber
  • Patent number: 6978657
    Abstract: A portable system for the detection of chemical particles such as explosive residue utilizes a metal fiber substrate that may either be swiped over a subject or placed in a holder in a collection module which can shoot a jet of gas at the subject to dislodge residue, and then draw the air containing the residue into the substrate. The holder is then placed in a detection module, which resistively heats the substrate to evolve the particles, and provides a gas flow to move the particles to a miniature detector in the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Mark J. Baumann, Charles A. Brusseau, David W. Hannum, Kevin L. Linker
  • Patent number: 6962080
    Abstract: A method of balancing a rotary device (12,14) for balanced rotational operation when connected to a drive shaft (24) by a flexible coupling (26,28). The method comprises the steps of connecting a drive shaft simulator (32,34) to a rotary device (12,14) and, rotating the said device (12,14) to simulate drive shaft unbalance due to misalignment of the rotary device (12,14) and the drive shaft (24) being simulated when the drive shaft (24) and rotary device (12,14) are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventor: William E Robbins
  • Patent number: 6950015
    Abstract: An improved over-running indicator structure essentially comprises an upper housing, a lower housing, a circuit board and a fixing support; the upper housing and the lower housing are firmly connected by a lock device, and the lower housing is fixed on the fixing support; a circuit board is set between the upper housing and the lower housing, the circuit board is configured with a light emitter, a screen and a button, the circuit board uses a transmission line to connect with a tachometer; a driver can use the button to set the rotational speed for showing the rotational speed which is set by the driver on the screen, when the rotational speed of the engine exceeds the rotational speed that is set by the driver, the light emitter disposed on the circuit board shines and radiates the light thereof through the arc surface of the upper housing, thus, the driver feel no constrained to any angle for being readily aware of the optimal shifting time to acquire the best power from engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Jui-Yang Lo
  • Patent number: 6945094
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus of determining the rheological properties of a polymer flowing in a conduit. The invention provides a method of characterising a polymer under test, comprising: Detecting acoustic emissions from said polymer flowing in a conduit to provide acoustic emission data, comparing the acoustic emissions data obtained against acoustic emission data from a polymer, or a series of polymers, of known characteristics, and thereby characterising the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Borealis Technology Oy
    Inventors: Svein Eggen, Kim Esbensen, Mats Halstensen
  • Patent number: 6928874
    Abstract: A micromachined angle measuring gyroscope using a dual mass architecture measures angular positions rather than angular rates. The invention decouples the effects of drive and sense through the use of a dual mass architecture, and is comprised of a single lumped drive mass, which is structurally coupled to a second lumped slave mass, where the drive mass is electrostatically driven at the first resonant frequency the system using parallel plate electrodes. The slave mass is driven to higher amplitudes than the drive mass. In the presence of rotation, the line of oscillation in both masses precesses, which is easily detectable in the slave mass due to the amplified motion, and is exactly equal to the angle of rotation. The two illustrated embodiments are z-axis realizations of this principle, where the first device uses an inner drive/outer sense architecture and the second uses an outer drive/inner sense architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Christopher C. Painter, Andrei M. Shkel
  • Patent number: 6904804
    Abstract: A device for acceleration measurement, in which measuring signals from a two-dimensional sensor from measuring different directions are combined (gated) with one another and then jointly evaluated in an evaluation circuit. This evaluation is carried out, for example, using a threshold-value discriminator, in order to perform a plausibility check for a crash detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Arno Schaumann
  • Patent number: 6880401
    Abstract: A fatigue test device for thin plates can reliably perform tests. The fatigue test device has a rod having ends in a longitudinal direction thereof; a vibration source for excitating a longitudinal end of the rod in the longitudinal direction thereof so as to form a standing wave having node portions and antinode portions formed therebetween and a mounting means for mounting a test piece having a longitudinal direction at one of the antinode portions, the test piece being positioned such that the longitudinal direction thereof is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuo Ishii, Yoshihiro Odagiri, Hitoshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 6871543
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for measurement of any unbalance of a motorcycle wheel, having a rotatable main shaft of a wheel balancing machine having an electrical drive, a clamping shaft fixed coaxially with the main shaft and on which the motorcycle wheel is rotatably mounted on its bearings, a driver device which is connected in a non-rotational manner to the main shaft to transmit a torque, produced by the electrical drive, from the main shaft to the motorcycle wheel which is rotatably mounted on the clamping shaft, and a measurement device which, in one measurement run, measures forces from any imbalance of the motorcycle wheel at the measurement rotation speed, where the non-rotational connection between the driver device and the motorcycle wheel can be detached by means of an inertial force, which acts on the driver device and is formed by a torque impulse that is transmitted via the main shall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Snap-on Equipment GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Rothamel
  • Patent number: 6837108
    Abstract: A MEMS gyroscope system and method for increasing a dynamic range of the MEMS gyroscope is provided. By adjusting a scale factor of the MEMS gyroscope, the highest sensed rate will be increased, which increases the dynamic range. The scale factor may be adjusted by using a variable sense bias and/or an automatic gain control loop in sense electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: William P. Platt