Patents Examined by John Hanley
  • Patent number: 7096733
    Abstract: An angular velocity sensor includes a stem and a vibrator that is supported by the stem. The vibrator is inclined to a mounting surface of the stem. The angle of inclination of the vibrator to the mounting surface is adjustable. For this reason, the angular velocity sensor also includes a holding member that holds the vibrator. This holding member is elastically deformable. A single material may be folded to shape the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Media Devices Limited
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Ohta, Masanori Yachi, Katsuhiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7069782
    Abstract: A vehicle speed sensor mounting structure of a vehicle for supporting a vehicle speed sensor. The structure includes a vehicle body for suspending an engine. The engine output is transmitted through a final reduction gear to wheels via an axle. A vehicle speed sensor is mounted on the final reduction gear for detecting rotational speed of a final gear of the final reduction gear, thereby detecting the vehicle speed. The vehicle speed sensor is disposed higher than the center of the axle and near to the outside of the vehicle (vehicle front part) with respect to the center of the axle. With this configuration, flexibility in the mounting of a vehicle speed sensor can be increased and a separate member for protecting the vehicle speed sensor can be omitted. Thus, the number of parts required in the mounting structure can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akio Handa, Hiroaki Iguchi
  • Patent number: 6983656
    Abstract: A method of determining a type of corrective weight for application to an edge of a rim of a wheel for correcting imbalance of the wheel, including measuring dimensions of an edge of a rim of a wheel to produce measured dimensions, comparing the measured dimensions to actual dimensions of different types of rim edges, determining a type of rim edge the wheel has based upon the comparison between the measured dimensions and the stored dimensions, and indicating a type of corrective weight appropriate for application to the edge of the rim of the wheel based upon the type of rim edge determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Snap-On Incorporated
    Inventors: William David Cullum, Wen-Yu Zhou, Frederick J. Rogers
  • Patent number: 6981413
    Abstract: A handle stem attached to a head tube of a bicycle includes a speed indicator housed in an indicator housing. The indicator is formed of a body including a circuit board and a liquid-crystal display and a battery housing which is detachable from the body. The body is fixed to the indicator housing and accordingly the speed indicator is attached to the handle stem and the battery housing is freely attachable/detachable. The handle stem and the speed indicator are thus obtained with which batteries are easily replaced without detaching the whole of the indicator from the handle stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Cateye Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 6971154
    Abstract: A hard disk balancing apparatus for a hard disk drive including an eccentricity detection unit to detect an eccentricity amount and an eccentricity position of the hard disk with respect to a rotation axis of a spindle motor for rotating the hard disk as an origin, and a pushing unit to push a circumference of the hard disk in the eccentricity position and to move the hard disk on the rotation axis of the spindle motor according to the eccentricity amount. Here, the eccentricity detection unit includes a detection sensor to detect the rotation axis of the spindle motor, and is placed coaxially with the rotation axis of the spindle motor, and at least three distance sensors that are separated from the detection sensor to be at least farther than a radius of the hard disk and to measure a distance between one point on the outer circumference of the hard disk and themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-chul Yoo, Seong-sik Hwang
  • Patent number: 6953993
    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: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 6928859
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the density of insulation in a cavity of a structure includes a sensor that is held in a substantially fixed position relative to the insulation for sensing the force of the insulation against the sensor. The force is used to determine the density of the insulation, which, in turn, is used to determine the thermal resistance or R-value of the insulation. The apparatus may include a fixture for supporting the sensor and holding the sensor in the substantially fixed position. A method for determining the density of loose-fill, blown-in-place insulation comprises the step of providing a structure with a cavity having a known depth. The cavity is covered with netting and filled with insulation. A sensor is held in a substantially fixed position relative to the insulation to measure force exerted on the sensor by the insulation. The measured force is used to determine the density of the insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Owens Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. O'Leary, Steven G. Schmitt, Jacob T. Chacko
  • Patent number: 6923062
    Abstract: For a sensor whose sensor structure is implemented in a micromechanical structural component and which has parts which are movable in relation to the stationary substrate of the structural component, and which also includes an unsupported a seismic mass, a spring system having at least one spring, the seismic mass being connected to the substrate through the spring system, and an overload protection to limit the deflection of the spring system and the seismic mass in at least one direction, and an arrangement for detecting the deflections of the spring system and the seismic mass, whereby the impact forces may be reduced to prevent conchoidal breaks and resulting incipient damage to the sensor structure, as well as formation of particles. To that end, at least one two-dimensional stop for at least one moving part of the sensor structure is provided as overload protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Franz, Oliver Kohn, Frank Henning, Matthias Maute
  • Patent number: 6912902
    Abstract: A low cost, pendulous, capacitive-sensing Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometer is provided. The accelerometer includes a pendulous proof mass, one or more securing pads, and one or more flexures coupled with the pendulous proof mass and the one or more securing pads. The flexures flex linearly with respect to motion of the pendulous proof mass. First and second capacitor plates are positioned relative to the pendulous proof mass for detecting motion of the proof mass according to a sensed difference in capacitance. One or more strain isolation beams are connected between the one or more flexures and the pendulous proof mass or the securing pads. The strain isolation beams protect the flexures from mechanical strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Malametz, Stephen F. Becka, Robert D. Horning
  • Patent number: 6907781
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining balancing information of an object in rotation comprises a base, an arm, a spindle, at least one force sensor, a rolling road, a controller, and an actuator. The arm is rotatably connected to the base about a pivot axis. The spindle is positioned on the arm and receives and rotates the object. The force sensor detects forces generated by the object during rotation of the object. The rolling road includes a surface upon which the object can be positioned. The controller receives force information from the sensor and calculates the balancing information from the force information. An actuator connected to both the arm and the base moves with the movement being controlled by the controller. The object can be a wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Snap-On Incorporated
    Inventor: Ron Racine
  • Patent number: 6840104
    Abstract: Measurement is made of centrifugal force produced on a crankshaft to be tested that is being rotated about its rotation axis, to provide centrifugal force variation information of the crankshaft. Also, measurement is made of errors in respective rotational phases of crankpins of the crankshaft about rotation axes of the crankpins. Dummy information, comprising rotational unbalance data representative of rotational unbalance components to be removed from the centrifugal force variation information of the crankshaft, is created using the measured errors in the respective rotational phases. Then, an initial rotational unbalance value of the crankshaft is determined, using the dummy information and the centrifugal force variation information of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Tamura, Yasunori Yamazaki, Joseph Makin, Hiroki Miura
  • Patent number: 6823732
    Abstract: Balancing machine comprising a shell or frame (3) suspension-mounted on a bed (2) via elastic supports, a shaft (8) rotatably supported by said frame at two points spaced a predetermined distance apart and having that end emerging from the bed provided with means (80) for locking a wheel (11), drive means for rotating said shaft, and force transducer means (33) applied between the bed and the shaft, characterised in that the drive means are rigid with the suspension-mounted frame, between the bed (2) and frame (3) there being interposed an elastic support comprising at least two coplanar leaf springs (4, 5) symmetrical about the shaft axis and positioned in a plane perpendicular to the plane containing the axes of said drive means, of said shaft and of said transducer means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Corghi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Remo Corghi
  • Patent number: 6802214
    Abstract: A unit for evaluating various properties of a paper envelope. The unit is capable of examining an envelope and determining key features of the envelope, such as the amount of front seal adhesive present, the tear strength of the side seams and the presence of properly printed graphics. The unit comprises a) a housing having either a touch screen video display unit or another source of data entry; b) a front seal control portion that contains linear encoders to determine the amount of adhesive on the seal; c) a side strength control portion that contains blades used to measure the force needed to burst the sides of the envelope: and d) a print design quality feature that is utilized to confirm the quality and location of any printing on the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: National Starch and Chemical Investment Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Kebart, Jeffrey Reed, George Pesansky, Preston Burton
  • Patent number: 6792803
    Abstract: A method for estimating the longitudinal velocity of a vehicle generally comprises the steps of determining whether the vehicle has a lateral acceleration greater than a predetermined value, and then setting the estimate of longitudinal velocity based on the velocity of the wheel having the highest normal force when the vehicle does have a lateral acceleration greater than the predetermined value. The predetermined value is preferably set to reflect the vehicle being in a curve driving situation. The method may further comprise the step of determining whether the vehicle has had a lateral acceleration greater than the predetermined value within a predetermined amount of time. Preferably, when the vehicle is not currently but has had a lateral acceleration greater than the predetermined value within the predetermined amount of time, the estimate of longitudinal velocity is set based on an integration of the vehicle's longitudinal acceleration over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Continental Teves, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff B. Bauer, Neal W. Jesse
  • Patent number: 6792802
    Abstract: By injecting noise into drive electronics, the start time of the MEMS gyroscope may be improved. A noise source is used to provide bandwidth limited white noise with a bandwidth centered substantially at the tuning fork frequency of at least one proof mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: William P. Platt
  • Patent number: 6789422
    Abstract: A method and system for balancing a rotating machinery that operates at or near resonance during its normal operating speed, and which has three separate shafts whose axes of rotations are not aligned along a common axis of rotation and counterweights connected near the ends of each of the shafts. The method includes obtaining speed and vibration data, by mounting velocity transducers on the machine's inner frame and outer casing. A data acquisition system is used to collect and analyze the speed and vibration data for steady state and transient operations. The method further includes adjusting the counterweights using a predetermined rotor influence coefficient determined experimentally using the same setup of transducers, to reduce vibrations below an acceptable level. The data is collected from measurement locations where the number and positions of the measurement locations are less than and different from the number and locations of the correction planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: United States Enrichment Corporation
    Inventor: Talmadge D. Ward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6786093
    Abstract: Balancing apparatus that supports and rotates a body to be measured with a rotating mechanism so that the body vibrates due to the dynamic imbalance thereof. The vibration of the body is transmitted to a vibration member and then detected by a sensor. A vibrator is connected to the vibration member. The vibrator applies to the vibration member a vibration that is an inverse of a vibration that will be generated in the vibration member by an ideal body having an ideal dynamic imbalance. By detecting the vibration remaining in the vibration member, the balancing apparatus measures the deviation of the dynamic imbalance of the body from the ideal dynamic imbalance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Kokusai Keisokuki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Miura
  • Patent number: 6786082
    Abstract: A non-invasive online system for continuous measurements of phase levels in a converter or pyrometallurgical furnace in smelting and conversion processes, consisting in a electrical signal generator, transducers that convert said electrical signals in mechanical waves placed on the outer end of air blowing tuyeres, coupling means between said system and the shell of the converter, transducers placed in the direction of the axis orthogonal to the phases plane for applying mechanical waves that travel in a transversal direction into the converter, a mechanical waves sensor placed around the external wall of the shell of the converter that receives the reflected signal, a crystal local oscillator, means for the preamplification of the signal, an analogous/digital interface, a means for data acquisition, a means for processing the signals so as to determine the power of the reflected signal and the propagation time of the signal between the moment it is emitted by the transducer and the moment in which the reflec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Luis Paredes Rojas, Alfredo Zolezzi Garreton
  • Patent number: 6776040
    Abstract: The present invention is a self-leveling hydrometer. A balance hanger is on top of a handle, which connects to a swinging support part. An imbalanced load is in the center of the floating measurement indicator and the imbalanced load can rotate freely in the round hole on the center of the floating measurement indicator. The imbalanced load has a protrudent round plate on edge that exposes on the round hole of the floating measurement indicator. A moveable hook, the support part and the imbalanced load can position the present invention in an absolute horizontal position for accurate liquid specific gravity readout. The present invention can also achieve easier and more accurate initial calibration process during manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Tommy Chi-Kin Wong
  • Patent number: 6776043
    Abstract: A bridge accelerometer system includes four capacitors, wherein two capacitors are formed on each side of a rigid member. The other two capacitors are similarly constructed, except that the rigid member is replaced by a flexured plate. The construction of the plates with respect to the flexured plate is substantially similar to the configuration formed by the rigid member and the other two capacitors, and the fixed capacitors and rigid plate are isolated from the flexured arrangement. The four capacitors are connected to form a bridge generating a bridge voltage signal. The bridge voltage signal is signal processed to generate a digital word. The digital word is linearized and filtered and received in computer for attitude adjustment and velocity control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ray F. Campbell, Joan Wada