Patents Examined by Justin Seo
  • Patent number: 10480944
    Abstract: A gyroscope includes: a mass, which is movable with respect to a supporting body; a driving loop for keeping the mass in oscillation according to a driving axis; a reading device, which supplying an output signal indicating an angular speed of the body; and a compensation device, for attenuating spurious signal components in quadrature with respect to a velocity of oscillation of the mass. The reading device includes an amplifier, which supplies a transduction signal indicating a position of the mass according to a sensing axis. The compensation device forms a control loop with the amplifier, extracts from the transduction signal an error signal representing quadrature components in the transduction signal, and supplies to the amplifier a compensation signal such as to attenuate the error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Andrea Donadel, Davide Magnoni, Marco Garbarino
  • Patent number: 10481099
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the presence of water proximate to insulation. A system provided includes an enclosure, and insulation disposed over the enclosure. A moisture reactive compound indicates water proximate to the insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: William N. Yunker, Wayne S. Pon, Patrick M. Moore, Michael T. Matheidas
  • Patent number: 10481608
    Abstract: A system includes an inspection robot for performing an inspection on an inspection surface with ultrasonic and magnetic induction sensors, the apparatus comprising a position definition circuit structured to determine an inspection robot position on the inspection surface; a data positioning circuit structured to interpret inspection data, and to correlate the inspection data to the inspection robot position on the inspection surface; and wherein the data positioning circuit is further structured to determine position informed inspection data in response to the correlating of the inspection data with the inspection robot position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Gecko Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Loosararian, Joshua Moore, Yizhu Gu, Kevin Low, Edward Bryner, Logan MacKenzie, Ian Miller, Alvin Chou, Todd Joslin
  • Patent number: 10481011
    Abstract: The invention concerns a temperature probe (1) comprising a thermistor provided with a heat-sensitive element connected to two electrically-conductive output wires, two electrically-conductive metal blades presenting proximal end portions connected, by welding, to the respective output wires and supporting said heat-sensitive element at a distance from said proximal end portions, and a plunger body (5) made in a plastic material overmolded by injection at least around the proximal end portions of the blades, of the output wires and of the heat-sensitive element, said plunger body presenting an end portion (50) overmolded directly all around the heat-sensitive element, said heat-sensitive element being wrapped only by said plunger body. The present invention finds application in the field of temperature measurement of a fluid circulating within a combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AKWEL SA
    Inventor: Ben Hammouda Chokri
  • Patent number: 10481172
    Abstract: A sensor includes a sensor core, a deviating component, and an aligning component. The sensor core has a cable that leaves the sensor core in essentially an exit direction, and a counter-structure. The aligning component has an aligning structure adapted to the counter-structure. The deviating component and aligning component define a final alignment of the cable in a direction different than the exit direction. The deviating component is pushed onto the sensor core. The aligning component is pushed laterally onto the sensor core in a mounting direction relative to the sensor core, and is engaged with the counter-structure of the sensor core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jan Beyersdorfer
  • Patent number: 10470829
    Abstract: An indicator mechanism for a surgical instrument includes an aperture fixed to a base. An indicator body is rotatably supported by the base. The indicator body includes features for engaging a motor that rotates the indicator body. A visual indicator, visible through the aperture, is coupled to the indicator body. A detent mechanism holds the indicator body in one of two positions. A first of the two positions provides a visual indication that the surgical instrument is in service and a second of the two positions provides a visual indication that the surgical instrument is expired. A controller may track use events for a surgical instrument to determine expiration. Use events may include operations and conditions in addition to those that occur in the surgical instrument. When the use events tracked by the controller indicate expiration, the controller may rotate a motor to set the visual indication to expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Alden, Bram Gilbert Antoon Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 10472085
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor system for use in an aircraft comprises a differential pressure sensor for determining a differential pressure between a pressurizable aircraft cabin and an aircraft environment, the differential pressure sensor having a first port connectable to the pressurizable aircraft cabin via a first line and a second port connectable to the aircraft environment via a second line. A shut-off device of the differential pressure sensor system is arranged in the second line which is switchable between an open position in which it opens the second line, such that a pressure prevailing in the aircraft environment acts on the second port of the differential pressure sensor, and a shut-off position in which it closes the second line, such that the second port of the differential pressure sensor is shut off from the pressure prevailing in the aircraft environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Ilja Waigl, Matias Mail, Thorsten Knijnenburg
  • Patent number: 10470497
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, apparatuses, and methods for assembling cartridges for aerosol delivery devices. The cartridges may be assembled by transporting carriages between various substations at which parts are added to a base. In another assembly method, the base may be moved between a plurality of robots which direct the base downwardly into contact with components to couple the components therewith. An inspection system may inspect the cartridges at various stages of completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Timothy Brian Nestor, Jack Gray Flinchum, Jr., Wayne Douglas Brown, Nicholas Harrison Watson, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Paul Andrew Brinkley, James Robert Covino, John DePiano, Edward Louis Dickinson, Eugene R. Harris, Kevin Edward Keough, David Jay Smith, John Hook, Michael LaCourse, Robert Metcalf, Steven Hart, David Pelletier, Marc Bourque, Nathaniel Cambray, John William Wolber, James William McClellan, Steven R. Mongillo, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Quentin Paul Guenther, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10473687
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometer that has high sensitivity to motion along the z axis is discussed. The device includes two symmetrical sets of bilateral, diametrically opposed high aspect ratio flexures that tether a movable proof mass to the frame of the device. The flexures are designed in such a way as to restrict movement of the proof mass along the x and y axes but readily allow motion along the z axis. More specifically, when the device experiences an acceleration along the x or y axes, the proof mass is restricted from moving because some of the bilateral, diametrically opposed flexures are in compression and others are in tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Resnick, Brian D. Homeijer, Thomas A. Friedmann, Michael Wiwi
  • Patent number: 10471723
    Abstract: An ink replenish container comprises a container main body that is able to store the ink; an ink outlet formation member, attached to a front end side of the container main body, to form an ink outlet; and a cap attachable to a front end side of the ink outlet formation member. The ink outlet includes an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface located inward of the outer circumferential surface, the inner circumferential surface surrounding an opening through which the ink passes. The cap includes a first protrusion that is configured to contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ink outlet to form a first exit seal portion, and a second protrusion that is configured to contact with the inner circumferential surface of the ink outlet to form a second exit seal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fukasawa, Taku Ishizawa, Tadashi Watanabe, Ryoichi Tanaka, Tadahiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10464318
    Abstract: A printing device includes a discharge control unit configured to, with a first movement of a printing head, among a one end side nozzle group using nozzles of one end side of a nozzle row, an other end side nozzle group using nozzles of an other end side of the nozzle row, and a center nozzle group using nozzles of the nozzle row that do not correspond to the one end side nozzle group and the other end side nozzle group, discharge ink on a designated area on a print medium from the nozzles included in the center nozzle group and the other end side nozzle group, and with a second movement which is the movement of the printing head the next time after the first movement, discharge the ink on the designated area from the nozzles included in the center nozzle group and the one end side nozzle group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10464360
    Abstract: A printing module configured to print a label on a curved surface of an article includes an expandable printing mechanism configured to be expanded to an open configuration for receiving the article or contracted to a closed configuration placing the curved surface in an operative position with respect to a print head and an article moving assembly configured to grasp and hold the article and effect relative movement between the curved surface and the print head. The printing mechanism includes contact elements, such as rollers, that contact or otherwise engage the article when the printing mechanism is in the closed configuration and maintain the curved surface in the operative position with respect to the print head during relative movement between the curved surface and the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gen-Probe Incorporated
    Inventors: Rolf Silbert, Robert Rosati, David Buse, Olev Tammer, Matthias Merten
  • Patent number: 10458873
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a sensor assembly and an evaluation unit. The; sensor assembly includes a sensor and an electrode arrangement. The sensor is configured to generate signals under the action of a pressure profile. The electrode arrangement is configured to transmit the signals to the evaluation unit. The evaluation unit includes an electric circuit board. The electric circuit board includes a base material that is electrically insulating with a specific volume resistance that is at least equal to 1015 ?cm at room temperature. The electric circuit board includes a high temperature region facing the sensor assembly and a normal temperature region that faces away from the sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kistler Holding AG
    Inventors: Reinhold Buck, Martin Giger, Urs Niedermann, Philip Graf
  • Patent number: 10458416
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring of a pump includes a control module, and an error detection unit, wherein a support vector machine based module is provided that receives an estimated output quantity data value from the control module, processes the estimated output quantity data value to provide a processed estimated output quantity data value via the support vector machine, and supplies the processed estimated output quantity data value to the error detection unit instead of the estimated output quantity data value of the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oleg Vladimirovich Mangutov, Ilya Igorevich Mokhov, Nicolay Andreevich Veniaminov, Alexey Petrovich Kozionov
  • Patent number: 10457046
    Abstract: There is provided a nozzle substrate including a nozzle hole penetrating in a thickness direction. The nozzle substrate includes a main substrate including a first surface and a second surface, an adhesion layer formed on the second surface of the main substrate, and a water repellent film formed on a surface at an opposite side to the main substrate side of the adhesion layer. The nozzle hole includes a recessed part formed on the first surface of the main substrate, and an ink ejecting path formed on a bottom surface of the recessed part and penetrating a bottom wall of the recessed part. The ink ejecting path includes a first ink ejecting path, a second ink ejecting path, and a third ink ejecting path. An inner circumference surface of the third ink ejecting path is approximately perpendicular to the second surface of the main substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eitaro Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10458328
    Abstract: A combustion pressure sensor has a case member with a joint surface on the side of a tip end and in which an opening portion is provided. A joint surface of a pressure reception member on which a combustion pressure acts is brought into planar contact with the joint surface of the case member so as to block the opening portion. A welding portion joins the joint surfaces to each other. A piezoelectric element stored in the case member converts a pressing force based on the combustion pressure transmitted from the pressure reception member into a signal. On the side of one edge side in at least the one joint surface, the one joint surface is limited to a given depth of welding from the other edge side. A predetermined clearance portion is provided so as to form a predetermined gap with the opposite joint surface and a welding portion is provided which includes at least all the limited joint surface from the other edge side in the one joint surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: CITIZEN FINEDEVICE CO., LTD., CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Takahashi, Yoshihiko Soga
  • Patent number: 10458883
    Abstract: An apparatus and a process for controlling tires wherein the apparatus includes at least one control station which includes: a base; a rotating table mounted on the base so as to be able to rotate around a respective vertical rotation axis; at least one control device operatively active at the rotating table; and a movement device configured for rotating the rotating table around the vertical rotation axis. The rotating table has a substantially horizontal abutment portion configured for receiving and supporting a sidewall of a tire to be controlled. The abutment portion is movable in the horizontal plane according to two directions with respect to the vertical rotation axis by means of an actuator. A detection device is configured for detecting a shift between the vertical rotation axis and the main axis of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vincenzo Boffa, Maurizio Marchini, Alessandro Held, Riccardo Antoj
  • Patent number: 10460635
    Abstract: A portable signaling device and method of use in which an elongated reflected strip with a broad and flat profile is held taut in air so that the elongated reflective strip freely twists and rotates along a line formed between a first and a second attachment point of the composite strip when a breeze contacts the broad and flat profile to create a visual signaling display as a result of twisting and rotation of the elongated reflective strip in which the elongated reflected strip is twisted at least once through one hundred and eighty degrees so that a first planar surface and a second planar surface of the elongate reflected strip are visible from a single vantage point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Robert W Cameron
  • Patent number: 10458893
    Abstract: A miniaturized particulate matter detector that includes a filter and a concentration detector is provided. The filter has a plurality of holes, and the concentration detector is correspondingly disposed under the filter. The concentration detector has a detected area used to detect a concentration of at least one miniaturized particulate matter. A manufacturing method of the filter is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chia-Wen Chiang, Cheng-Ta Ko, I-Hsing Lin, Hsiang-Hung Chang, Wen-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 10458133
    Abstract: A perimeter warning system is provided having a plurality of substantive stand bases and stanchions, which when combined together with a flag line provide a means to demark the perimeter of a surface across which there is danger. The stand bases include a surface onto which an insertion sleeve is placed, for holding the stanchion stably, and an opening symmetrically equidistant from the center of the surface of the stand base from the sleeve. In this way, stand bases can be stacked together with the sleeve of one placed in the opening in the surface of the other for stability. The system includes storage and transportation elements; wherein the surface of the base stand defines an opening through which the pillar of a storage unit can be threaded to stack the plurality of base stands together onto the storage element. Stanchions are provided with storage boxes configured to stack together neatly and stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: D & T Industrial Supplies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel L. Davis