Patents Examined by Jonathan Teixeira Moffat
  • Patent number: 8781759
    Abstract: Meter electronics (20) for processing sensor signals for a multi-phase flow material in a flowmeter (5) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The meter electronics (20) includes an interface (201) for receiving first and second sensor signals (210 and 211) for the multi-phase flow material and a processing system (203).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark James Bell, Craig B. McAnally
  • Patent number: 8521457
    Abstract: A user configured measurement display system and method for a non-destructive testing device and instrument (NDT/NDI) with high input data rate is disclosed. The system and the method provide the means for NDT/NDI instruments display measurement values that satisfies user designated measurement criterion occurring during any measurement time intervals (MTIs). The present disclosure overcomes the shortcomings of conventional ways of picking and displaying measurement values at fixed MTIs, by which the values truly satisfying the measurement criterion that occurs at random MTIs (other than scheduled MTIs) are often skipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus NDT
    Inventors: Jayesh Patel, Michael Drummy
  • Patent number: 8340913
    Abstract: Methods and related systems are described for analyzing phase properties in a microfluidic device. A fluid is introduced under pressure into microchannel, and phase states of the fluid are optically detected at a number of locations along the microchannel. Gas and liquid phases of the fluid are distinguished based on a plurality of digital images of the fluid in the microchannel. Bi-level images can be generated based on the digital images, and the fraction of liquid or gas in the fluid can be estimated versus pressure based on the bi-level images. Properties such as bubble point values and/or a phase volume distribution ratio versus pressure for the fluid are can be estimated based on the detected phase states of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Farshid Mostowfi, Younes Belahnech
  • Patent number: 8121812
    Abstract: A method and system for magnetic locating resolves phase ambiguity. The system uses time-division multiplexed magnetic fields emitted from plural transmit coils. The magnetic fields are alternating fields at a carrier frequency, and the fields emitted from different coils in different transmit intervals have known phase relationship with one another as, for example where the alternating fields are coherent with one another. A receiver uses a plurality of sensor coils and derives plural components using the common phase reference or plural phase reference times having a known relationship. If the determinant of a matrix of the components has a first value, the phase information in the components is correct, and position and orientation are derived from the components. If the determinant has a second value, the phase information in the components is incorrect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: ALKEN Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Higgins
  • Patent number: 8112234
    Abstract: A method is provided for estimating the components of the force torsor that are applied to a bearing, which method provides for the measurement of a vector (Vm) of N deformations and for the use of a physical model linking a vector (Q) of at most N representative values of the components of the torsor with a deformation measurement vector, the method comprises the following iterative steps: introduction of a vector (Q) of representative values into the model in order to calculate a deformation measurement vector (Vc); and carrying out a pertinence test (T) between the deformation measurement vector (Vc) which is calculated and the measured vector (Vm); if the test (T) is negative, establishing at least one new vector (Q) of representative values to be introduced into the model according to the result of the test; or if the test (T) is positive, storing the vector (Q) of introduced values; wherein the estimated components of the force torsor are established according to at least one stored vector (Q) of values
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: SNR Roulements
    Inventors: Christophe Duret, David Kwapisz, Alexandre Laurent
  • Patent number: 8106763
    Abstract: A sensor has a transmitter module for transferring data via a line, the sensor receiving power via the line. At a point in time in which the sensor receives a first power level, it transmits the data for a first time interval. A second sensor which is connected to the line in parallel to the first sensor then transmits its data for a second time interval after the first time interval. A timing sequence control system in the two sensors which is triggered by the point in time of reception of the power ensures the subsequent transmission by the first and second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Otterbach, Christian Ohl, Oliver Kohn, Jochen Schomacker, Michael Ulmer
  • Patent number: 8065108
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention includes a system for measuring at least one thermal property of a material. The system includes a thermal source configured to generate an incident thermal wave that propagates through a medium and is provided onto the material at an incident angle. The system also includes a thermal detector that is configured to receive a reflected thermal wave corresponding to the incident thermal wave reflected from the material at a reflection angle that is approximately equal to the incident angle. The system further includes a controller configured to control a magnitude of the incident angle to ascertain a thermal Brewster angle of the material and to calculate the at least one thermal property of the material based on the thermal Brewster angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mostafa A. Karam, Charles H. Volk, A. Douglas Meyer
  • Patent number: 8065115
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting wind noise are adapted to determine whether two of a plurality of sound signals acquired by a plurality of sound receiving units include wind noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yin-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 8055446
    Abstract: A method for processing magnetotelluric data to identify subterranean deposits is provided for. The data comprise the amplitude of alternating magnetic or electrical fields recorded over time in at least two vector components at one or more locations in an area of interest. Amplitude pulses are identified in the data, wherein the pulses are time segments comprising an amplitude peak meeting defined threshold criteria in at least one vector component. The pulses are filtered at a set of predetermined frequencies to separate amplitude data at each frequency from the remainder of the amplitude data in the pulses. The frequencies correspond to subterranean depths over a range of interest. Differential impedances ?Z of the pulses at each frequency at each location are then statistically analyzed to determine a value correlated to the resistance of the earth at each frequency. The resistance values are indicative of the presence or absence of deposits at the corresponding subterranean depth at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Kent A. Byerly
  • Patent number: 8050867
    Abstract: Method for conducting a seismic survey (23) wherein the acquisition parameters are modified as the survey progresses using information (24) from sensors located to monitor structures and fixtures located in the survey area. The sensor output is compared to acceptable levels, and acquisition parameters such as the seismic source strength are adjusted (26) to prevent exceeding the acceptable levels. An automated arbitration scheme (22) is used to resolve conflicting system goals within survey resource constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
    Inventors: Marvin L. Johnson, Michael W. Norris
  • Patent number: 8050884
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided to determine the emissivity, temperature and area of an object. The methods and apparatus are designed such that the emissivity and area of the object may be separately determined as functions dependent upon the temperature of the object derived from a three or more band infrared measurement sensor. As such, the methods and apparatus may only require a regression analysis of the temperature of the object without any regression analysis of the emissivity and area of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Ronald N. Murata
  • Patent number: 8046195
    Abstract: Performance of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is measured using a service deployed on a server. A client runs a compiler to add an aspect to an archive that provides a service when deployed to the server. The aspect causes the server to timestamp marked messages. The archive with the added aspect, which is the aspectized archive, is deployed to the server. The client measures the performance of the service deployed to the server by using timestamps of the marked messages returned from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Vecera, Jiri Pechanec
  • Patent number: 8041521
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and products as disclosed for estimating power consumption of computing components configured in a computing system that include: selecting, by a power estimation module, a plurality of calibration datasets from a calibration dataset repository, each calibration dataset specifying calibration power consumption by one or more computing components in the computing system for a calibration workload at a plurality of calibration operating points; measuring, by the power estimation module, a current power consumption by one or more measured computing components in the computing system for a current workload at a current operating point; determining, by the power estimation module, an estimated power consumption for the measured computing components at a proposed operating point in dependence upon the selected calibration datasets and the current power consumption for the current workload at the current operating point; and administering the computing system in dependence upon the estimated powe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler K. Bletsch, Ajay Dholakia, Wesley M. Felter, Charles R. Lefurgy
  • Patent number: 8032334
    Abstract: A system for identifying a subset of sensors to sample to reduce the frequency of sensor access. The system determines rise times and records values for the sensors in the system. A time criticality of the sensors is determined based on the rise times. The system processes the sensors by first creating sensor subsets based on one or more constraints on the sensors. The system monitors the values of the sensors in a sensor subset and flags a sensor when it makes a determination that, prior to a next scheduled sampling of the sensor subset, the value of a sensor in the monitored sensor subset will exceed a threshold constraint. The system moves those flagged sensors to a second sensor subset which complies with the sensor's constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Bieswanger, Michael S. Floyd, Andrew J. Geissler, Soraya Ghiasi, Hye-Young McCreary, Guillermo J. Silva, Malcolm S. Ware
  • Patent number: 8027797
    Abstract: Techniques for inline measurement of a switching history time constant in an integrated circuit device are provided. A series of pulses is launched into a first stage of a delay chain comprising a plurality of delay stages connected in series and having a length greater than a decay length of at least an initial one of the series of pulses, such that the at least initial one of the series of pulses does not appear at a second stage of the delay chain. An amount of time between the launching of the initial one of the series of pulses and the appearance of at least one of the series of pulses at the second stage of the delay chain is determined. The switching history time constant is calculated as a function of a number of stages traversed by the at least one pulse, the determined amount of time, and the decay length of the at least initial one of the series of pulses based at least in part on a switching history of the integrated circuit device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Manjul Bhushan, Mark B. Ketchen, Dale J. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8019563
    Abstract: A method for determining an exhaust gas temperature of an internal combustion engine, which is performed by measuring a lambda value of the exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine and calculating a calculated exhaust gas temperature as a function of the measured lambda value, and comparing the calculated exhaust gas temperature with a measured exhaust gas temperature and adapting a function used for the calculation as a function of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Moser, Florian Dencker
  • Patent number: 7813892
    Abstract: A motion detection apparatus includes an acceleration sensor which detects acceleration generated by motion of an electronic device; a motion detecting section including a statistical processing section which calculates the average value of data provided from the acceleration sensor, calculates the difference between the average value and the last value of the data obtained, and calculates a pseudo-variance value of the data from the calculated difference; a threshold comparing section which compares the pseudo-variance value calculated by the motion detecting section with a motion threshold to generate a signal value in response to determination that the pseudo-variance value has exceeded the motion threshold; a first buffer memory which sequentially stores signal values generated by the threshold comparing section at predetermined time intervals; and a signal generating section which includes means for adding up values in the first buffer memory, thereby appropriately associating with motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Sugawara, Kohji Kawahara, Yuji Chotoku
  • Patent number: 7805259
    Abstract: A method for detecting an operation malfunction of a leakage inspector causes the leakage inspector to execute a calibration process and an inspection process. The calibration process seals air inside a first device serving as a reference device and measures changes in pressure over two time intervals. The inspection process seals air inside a second device to be checked for a leak and measures changes in pressure over two time intervals. A ratio is calculated from these measured changes in pressure and the ratio is used to determine whether an operation malfunction occurs in the leakage inspector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cosmo Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akio Furuse
  • Patent number: 7801696
    Abstract: A semiconductor memory device for performing an OCD calibration control operation to adjust a data output impedance includes a decoder for decoding an address signal to generate an OCD default control signal, an OCD operation signal and plural data, a code generator for receiving plural-bit data to generate an OCD control code; a first circuit for receiving the OCD control code and the OCD operation signal to generate a plurality of impedance adjustment control signals; and a second circuit for receiving the plural data and adjusting the data output impedance in response to the plurality of impedance adjustment control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Hun-Sam Jung
  • Patent number: 7783438
    Abstract: The present invention is an integrated method and apparatus for determining the quality of electrochemical energy storage devices, especially batteries. The invention is based on an integrated usage of electromagnetic and ultrasonic energy to probe of the interior volume of the battery. The first probe is carried out when the battery is at an initial charged state. After the first probe stage, a discharge of the battery being diagnosed is carried out until the test battery is at a small fixed test charge value. Signals from the eddy current probes allow determination of the continuity of the discharge current during the discharge process. After the discharge of the battery, the above described test sequence is repeated. The resultant eddy current signal generated at the initial state of the battery and the gradients of the eddy current signal and of the ultrasonic signal versus the battery capacity is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Enerize Corporation
    Inventors: Volodymyr Redko, Volodymyr Khandetskyy, Elena Shembel