Patents Examined by Justin Seo
  • Patent number: 10350898
    Abstract: A fluid interconnect system including a mating component having an inlet port and a liquid outlet, the inlet port configured to support an interconnector and the liquid outlet configured to engage with a print cartridge so that liquid flows from a liquid source, through the interconnector and the inlet port, and out of the liquid outlet into the print cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven R. Komplin
  • Patent number: 10350923
    Abstract: A thermal printer includes a frame having a first side plate portion and a second side plate portion, and a base portion which crosses over between the first side plate portion and the second side plate portion, a thermal head supported on the frame, a platen roller supported on respective shaft support portions of the first side plate portion and the second side plate portion, a drive source supported in a cantilevered state on a drive support portion of the first side plate portion, and is connected to the platen roller, an engaged portion arranged in the base portion, and an engagement portion which is connected to the drive source and is engageable with the engaged portion, and is configured to regulate displacement of the drive source with respect to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Norihisa Ando
  • Patent number: 10351251
    Abstract: An inflatable flotation device includes an inflatable body configured to be stored in a deflated state and to be inflated in response to an event. The inflatable flotation device also includes a switch attached to the inflatable body and configured to switch from an off state to an on state in response to the inflatable body being inflated at least one of to or beyond a predetermined inflation level. The inflatable flotation device also includes a speaker attached to the inflatable body, electrically coupled to the switch, and configured to generate an audio signal indicating that the inflatable body is ready for use in response to the switch being switched from the off state to the on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Daniel Bahena
  • Patent number: 10349891
    Abstract: An animate object detection system includes an apparatus configured for supporting an animate object and a sensor disposed in physical communication with the apparatus. The sensor includes a piezoelectric material and is configured for producing an electric signal in response to a force applied to the apparatus by the animate object. The system also includes a signal conditioner disposed in electrical communication with the sensor and configured for manipulating the electric signal and producing an output signal, and a receiver configured for receiving the output signal and generating an indicator signal. A method of detecting an animate object is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nancy L. Johnson, Dorel M. Sala
  • Patent number: 10345268
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transmitter 3 attached to an inspecting target object 1, an ultrasonic receiver 5 receiving a reflected wave of the ultrasonic wave that has propagated from the ultrasonic transmitter 3 in the inspecting target object, a data processing device 7 acquiring position specifying data for specifying a position of a defect 1a in the inspecting target object 1 on the basis of received data representing a waveform of the reflected wave received by the ultrasonic receiver 5 are provided. The ultrasonic wave generated by the ultrasonic transmitter 3 has been frequency-modulated, and has a waveform composed of components of respective frequencies that are deviated from a resonance frequency of the ultrasonic transmitter 3 and the ultrasonic receiver 5. The data processing device 7 includes a pulse compressing unit 21 performing pulse compression on the received data, and acquires the position specifying data on the basis of the pulse-compressed received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: IHI Inspection and Instrumentation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiraku Kawasaki, Tatsuya Hikichi, Saburou Shibata, Hideyuki Nakamura, Takahiro Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10338031
    Abstract: A component-embedded substrate includes a multilayer body including a plurality of insulating layers stacked in a stacking direction, an embedded component embedded in the multilayer body, and planar conductors disposed on both sides of the embedded component in the stacking direction, the planar conductors overlapping the embedded component. The planar conductors each include a plurality of openings that overlap the embedded component over substantially the entire region occupied by the embedded component, as seen in the stacking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Shigeru Tago, Hirofumi Shinagawa, Toshiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 10338030
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatus and methods to inspect casing defects in a pipe such as a casing associated with a drilling operation. Electrical connectors contacting the inside wall of the pipe can be used to generate a current in the pipe. Magnetic fields correlated to an anomaly or anomalies that alter the current can be sensed to identify the presence of the anomaly or anomalies. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Bittar, Jing Li
  • Patent number: 10336605
    Abstract: There is provided a MEMS sensor including: a mass body; a support part floatably supporting the mass body; and a flexible beam having one end connected to the mass body and the other end connected to the support part. At least one end of the flexible beam connected to the mass body or the support part includes a curved portion to maximize an effective length supporting a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Woon Kim, Chang Hyun Lim, Sung Jun Lee, Jong Beom Kim
  • Patent number: 10337941
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a sensor assembly and an evaluation unit. The sensor assembly includes a sensor and an electrode arrangement. The sensor generates signals under the action of a pressure profile, and the electrode arrangement transmits the signals to the evaluation unit. The evaluation unit includes an electric circuit board that is connected to the electrode arrangement by material bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kistler Holding AG
    Inventors: Reinhold Buck, Martin Giger, Philip Graf
  • Patent number: 10338036
    Abstract: An apparatus for scanning a test object scans a reference object to build a gain correction map including gain values for scanning points on a surface of the reference object. The test object is also scanned to obtain measurements for scanning points on a surface of the test object. Amplitudes of the measurements obtained for the scanning points on the surface of the test object are normalized using the gain values of the gain correction map. The apparatus has a probe mounted on a mechanical scanner, and a controller controlling the scanning and normalizing operations. The apparatus can be used to create an image of the test object for non-destructive testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Nicolas Grimard, Rene Sicard, Sam H. Serhan
  • Patent number: 10337894
    Abstract: A sensor assembly is provided for a fingerboard latch assembly that comprises: a latch bracket; bolts for mounting the latch bracket to a fingerboard; a latch; and a bracket pin rotatably supporting the latch on the latch bracket to allow rotation of the latch between an open position and a closed position. The sensor assembly has a mounting arrangement that mounts to the bolts, holding a closed-position proximity sensor probe facing downwardly for sensing proximity of a crank portion of the latch and/or the piston head in the closed position, and also holding an open-position proximity sensor probe facing forwardly for sensing proximity of an arm of the latch in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Salunda Limited
    Inventors: John Mark Newton, Alan Patrick John Finlay
  • Patent number: 10330651
    Abstract: A thermal conductivity detector that causes a fluid to come into contact with the surface of a heated temperature sensing element, that causes the temperature of the temperature sensing element to change according to the thermal conductivity of the fluid, and that detects the fluid based on a change in the electrical resistance of the temperature sensing element at that time or on a change in the value of a current to be applied to the temperature sensing element is provided. The thermal conductivity detector includes a cell space where the temperature sensing element is accommodated and to which a fluid is introduced and from which the fluid is discharged, a buffer space that is connected to a fluid outlet of the cell space, and a discharge channel that is connected to a fluid outlet of the buffer space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Yuji Nakama, Shigeaki Shibamoto, Kazunori Takahashi, Minoru Kashihara
  • Patent number: 10330505
    Abstract: An interchangeable face gauge structure for automobile gauges comprises a gauge body, a face gauge, a retainer ring and an outer cover. The gauge body and outer cover are combined by means of assembling, which causes the outer cover to be dismountable from and re-mountable on the gauge body. The face gauge is additionally mounted on the surface of the light directing panel on the gauge body, which allows the face gauge to be replaceable with one of the type to the liking of the user after the outer cover is dismounted from the gauge body, improving the variability and visual effect of the gauge body. Further, with the convenience of the outer cover being easily mountable on the gauge body, the user is allowed to replace and mount parts by themselves, adding to the practicality of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Enrique J. Baiz, Osvaldo Izquierdo, Cheng Jie Wu
  • Patent number: 10329721
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable traffic cone, comprising a base, a foldable section, and a pull ring, wherein the foldable portion comprises one or more foldable members and a connecting member, each foldable member comprises a first foldable segment, a first fold and a second foldable segment from top to bottom, and a second fold is disposed between the second foldable segment and the connecting member; the pull ring is disposed on the top of the first foldable segment, wherein when a plurality of foldable members are present, a second fold is disposed between the second foldable segment and the first foldable segment and at least the foldable portion is integrated structure molded integrally. According to the foldable traffic cone provided by the present invention, it can work just by pulling and pressing the pull ring, and it is convenient to carry and store and has high practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Qionghui Xie
  • Patent number: 10328705
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a tank, a recording head, a cover, a monitor, a cover sensor, an operation panel, and a controller. The cover is movable to cover a plurality of injection inlets associated with a plurality of ink chambers and to expose the plurality of injection inlets. The cover sensor outputs signal depending on position of the cover. The controller controls the monitor to display one of inquiry information and notification on the monitor depending on receipt of the signal from the cover sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Kenta Horade, Mana Honoki
  • Patent number: 10322590
    Abstract: A method of providing a mark to a case of a cartridge of ammunition. The mark includes at least one sub-mark and is suitable for identification and/or for tracking of the cartridge. At least one indenter selectively radially indents a circumferential surface of a bottom of the case, thereby forming the at least one sub-mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Xavier Cedric Raemy, Milan Vasic
  • Patent number: 10324408
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus including a casing which includes one side wall extending in a vertical direction and has a first opening; and a discharge portion which receives a recording medium having a developer image formed thereon, and a cassette which accommodates recording media and is removably mounted to the casing. The casing further includes a tray which is disposed near the one side wall and receives a recording medium to be transported into the casing through the first opening. The tray is rotatable between a first position where the tray is bent so as to cover at least part of the one side wall and the discharge portion and a second position where the tray extends so as to be separated from the one side wall and receives a recording medium to be supplied into the casing through the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shougo Sato, Keisuke Takahashi, Kazutoshi Kotama, Hikaru Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 10317371
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor includes: a substrate in which an opening is formed; a vibration film that is provided on the substrate so as to close the opening; a plurality of vibration elements that are disposed at positions where the vibration film and the opening overlap each other in a plan view along a thickness direction of the vibration film; a sealing plate that is disposed so as to face the vibration film, supports the vibration film, and has a surface facing the vibration film as a flat surface; and a suppressing portion that is provided between the adjacent vibration elements in the plan view, is bonded to both the vibration film and the sealing plate, and is formed of a resin material for suppressing transmission of vibration of the vibration film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Chikara Kojima, Koji Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10317370
    Abstract: A method for acquiring a dynamic vibration frequency includes the following steps. At least five pairs of vibration measurement elements are selected. A bandwidth range of the vibration measurement elements is determined. The vibration measurement elements in sequence on a first side and a second side, which are geometrically symmetrical to each other, of a main shaft are used to measure vibration displacements in a symmetrical position arranging manner. The vibration displacements measured by the vibration measurement elements of either of the first side and second side are corrected, so as to differentially eliminate an ambient noise. Positions of nodes located on the first side and the second side are calculated. The vibration displacements in the preceding steps are used to deduce dynamic vibration frequencies of main harmonics. A vibration mode of the main shaft is confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Chia-Ming Jan, Wen-Chieh Wu
  • Patent number: 10315313
    Abstract: A robot device includes an arm, a force sensor, and an adjustment portion. The force sensor is provided at a front end portion of the arm and has a force detecting portion that detects an externally exerted force. The adjustment portion performs a zero point adjustment by setting a reference point of the force detected by the force sensor based on a detection result by the force sensor. The detection result is obtained when the force detecting portion of the force sensor is in a protected condition. The protected condition is a condition in which no load is applied on the force detecting portion of the force sensor. According to this robot device, a technology for accurately setting the reference point of the force detected by the force sensor can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Kazutaka Toyoda, Tsuyoshi Ueyama, Go Mukumoto