Patents Examined by K. Wong
  • Patent number: 10446288
    Abstract: The present invention provides a ray beam guiding device for guiding a ray beam in a ray inspection apparatus. The ray beam guiding device is provided in a housing of the ray inspection apparatus, and two ends of the ray beam guiding device are connected to a front collimator and a rear collimator, respectively. The ray beam guiding device comprises a plurality of guiding walls and a guiding cavity surrounded by the guiding walls. The guiding wall is formed of a first material which is capable of absorbing rays or the first material is coated on an inside of the guiding wall, and the guiding cavity has a central axis extending in a direction from the rear collimator to the front collimator, and the ray beam guiding device further comprises at least one fin plate provided in the guiding cavity of the ray beam guiding device. The at least one fin plate is configured for blocking and/or absorbing scattered rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Nuctech Company Limited, Nuctech Jiangsu Company Limited
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yuanjing Li, Ziran Zhao, Wanlong Wu, Junli Li, Ming Ruan, Guangwei Ding
  • Patent number: 10441232
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus is configured so that an height-position composition element 15 sends a directive to an angle driving element 44 in an imaging element 4, and the height-position compensation element 15 corrects the height-position of the X-ray tube 42 by driving of the up-and-down driving element 44 in conjunction with the imaging region that the imaging region data recognition element 14 of the console element 1, the angle of the X-ray tube 42 is corrected so that the X-ray irradiation angle of the X-ray from the X-ray tube 42 faces downward; and when the height-position compensation element 15 corrects the height-position of the X-ray tube 42 downward, the angle of the X-ray tube 42 is corrected so that the X-ray irradiation angle of the X-ray from the X-ray tube 42 faces upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Ken Shirota, Tomoharu Okuno
  • Patent number: 10443607
    Abstract: A blade for an axial flow machine having a pressure surface, suction surface and trailing edge. The blade has a cross-sectional aerofoil profile including: a region of maximum curvature corresponding to the trailing edge of the blade and defining a trailing edge radius of curvature r; a trailing edge region extending from the trailing edge and having a chordwise extent equal to curvature r's trailing edge radius; a taper region adjacent the trailing edge region, the taper region having a chordwise extent greater than the curvature r's trailing edge radius and no more than 15% of the blade's chord; a body region adjacent the taper region; a pressure surface boundary corresponding to the blade's pressure surface; and a suction surface boundary corresponding to the blade's suction surface. A thickness between the pressure and suction surface boundaries reduces within the taper region towards the trailing edge by at least 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: William J Brown, Christopher R P Hall, Anthony M J Dickens, James V Taylor
  • Patent number: 10445972
    Abstract: A game machine featuring a play field, a light source and a transmissive electronic display covering at least a portion of the play field. The play field having a top and bottom and a translucent back panel having first and second sides. The back panel being located between the play field and the light source. The play field located between the back panel and the electronic display. The light source illuminating the electronic display through the back panel to present images over the play field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TEAM PLAY, INC.
    Inventors: Ed Pellegrini, Kenneth J. Fedesna, Frank Pellegrini, Brian Smolik, Joe Cicak, Bobby Llereza
  • Patent number: 10441240
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a radiation amount received from an X-ray source in an X-ray imaging system for taking an X-ray image of an object includes the steps of obtaining one or more depth images from one or more depth cameras; the one or more depth cameras covering at least an area covered by an X-ray bundle of an X-ray source of the X-ray imaging system; positioning the object against or on a surface including radiation measurement chambers and identifying select radiation measurement chambers underneath the object from the one or more depth images and/or from a single depth image derived from the one or more depth images; and activating the select radiation measurement chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AGFA NV
    Inventor: Gert Merckx
  • Patent number: 10443295
    Abstract: A garage door opener system includes a garage door opener having a motor for moving a garage door and a controller coupled to a wireless communication interface, a user communication interface including a microphone, and a garage door opener accessory. The controller controls the garage door opener motor to move the garage door, detects a command from a user via the microphone, authenticates the command, and generates a responsive control action to control the garage door opener accessory. The user interface may include a speaker that produces an audible response to the user. The accessory may include an object tracker that alerts a user with an audible or illuminating alert. Other accessories may include a video camera, a radio, a music player, a battery charger, an energy storage system, a garage door lock, a hinged lid, an entry door, and a window lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Huggins, J. Porter Whitmire, Michael Preus, Scott Kippes
  • Patent number: 10443294
    Abstract: It is provided a method for controlling an adjusting movement of a power-operated adjustable vehicle closing element, such as e.g. a side door or a liftgate, which can automatically be adjusted in the presence of an operating event. By means of a sensor device an operating event is detected in a contactless way. For the detection of an operating event a course of measurement values detected by the sensor device in a detection time interval is evaluated. Furthermore, at least one trigger signal, in particular a trigger signal of defined signal length and/or a trigger signal that triggers an execution of an authentication process preceding the adjustment of the vehicle closing element, in which the presence of a valid identification means in a vicinity of the vehicle is checked, is generated and sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GMBH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Thomas Goldmann, Andre Gunreben
  • Patent number: 10436725
    Abstract: A method of operating a radiation inspection system includes identifying a regulatory region along a predetermined path where public access is restricted based upon criteria other than radiation exposure, measuring a radiation exposure level from a radiation source of the radiation inspection system within the regulatory region, irradiating a target within the regulatory region using the radiation source and without erecting a physical barricade, and determining a restricted area around the radiation source. The restricted area corresponds to an area where a radiation exposure rate exceeds a predetermined threshold. The radiation exposure rate may be determined by the radiation exposure level from the radiation source and a speed of the radiation inspection system. The method may include operating the radiation inspection system to dynamically adjust the restricted area so that it does not extend beyond the regulatory region. The radiation inspection system may be moveable along the predetermined path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: GEORGETOWN RAIL EQUIPMENT COMPANY, University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeb Everett Belcher, Jessica Emily Kelley
  • Patent number: 10431041
    Abstract: A gaming machine for playing a multi-line spinning reel game includes a display and a game controller arranged to control images of symbols displayed on the display. In the game at least one random event, in particular a spin of the reels, is caused to be displayed on the display. If a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize. The player is constrained to wager a single amount on each play of the game and may not vary the amount. This single wager amount provides eligibility to play all available lines of the game and eligibility to bonus features. No choice of other wagering options is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Scott C. Olive
  • Patent number: 10430746
    Abstract: An area access control system includes a client electronic device configured to administer an alertness test to a user; and an area access controller, coupled to and configured to be actuated by the client electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Predictive Safety SRP, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry M. Bowles, Marcus T. Wichmann, Darren B. Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 10428663
    Abstract: An airfoil includes an airfoil section that has an internal cavity and first and second endwall sections between which the airfoil section is disposed. The first endwall section includes a guide portion that has a guide opening flanked by first and second bearing lands. The first bearing land is between the guide opening and a first port in the first endwall section that opens to the internal cavity of the airfoil section. The second bearing land is between the guide opening and a second port in the first endwall section that also opens to the internal cavity. A tie member extends through the internal cavity and secures the first and second endwall sections together to trap the airfoil section. The tie member extends through the guide opening in the first endwall section. A spring member on the first and second bearing lands tensions the tie member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley
  • Patent number: 10429524
    Abstract: An X-ray detector includes a direct-converting converter element, an evaluation unit, and an intermediate layer arranged flat between the direct-converting converter element and the evaluation unit. In an embodiment, the intermediate layer is non-transparent for visible, infrared, or ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Thorsten Ergler, Miguel Labayen De Inza, Stefan Woelfel
  • Patent number: 10421154
    Abstract: Provided is a method of welding a shaft and a wheel in a turbine shaft. A target surface with a hole is provided to any one of the shaft and the wheel. An opposed surface is provided to the other one of the shaft and the wheel. The opposed surface includes an opposed portion opposed to the target surface, and a non-opposed portion formed continuously from the opposed portion toward a center side while facing onto the hole. The welding method includes: disposing the target surface and the opposed surface such that the they are opposed to each other while establishing a state of surface contact; and welding them by beam irradiation from outside in a radial direction of the shaft toward inside in the radial direction thereof based on a condition to cause a depth of fusion to reach a position on a center side beyond the opposed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Kenkichi Murata, Kosuke Watanabe, Koji Nezaki, Yuuichi Miura, Syoichiro Kaihara
  • Patent number: 10421432
    Abstract: A user-customizable locking assembly includes a user-customizable key, a user-customizable key receiver, and a key receiver receptacle. Each of the user-customizable key, a user-customizable key receiver, and a key receiver receptacle includes a physical unclonable function (PUF) circuit configured to provide a PUF response in response to receiving a challenge signal. The PUF circuits of the user-customizable key and a user-customizable key receiver include personalization fuses that allow a user to further personalize or change the PUF response produced by the corresponding PUF circuits. The key receiver receptacle also includes anti-theft fuses, which are activated if the user-customizable key receiver is removed from the key receiver receptacle. In use, a protected system may utilize the PUF responses from the each of the PUF circuits to authenticate the user-customizable locking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Victoria C. Moore, Ned M. Smith, Digvijay A. Raorane
  • Patent number: 10425703
    Abstract: SPF (spray polyurethane foam) insulation applied in a commercial or residential building is the only building product which is manufactured on-site and not in a controlled in-plant environment. One reason for the high cost of SPF is that application of SPF requires large investment capital equipment and a specialized crew for each job. The work is further complex because the crew of each rig manufactures and installs the plural component product with little or no technical off-site guidance or support. We worked to solve this problem by designing a remote monitoring and reporting system which sends live raw parameter data from the spray rig to a support center server. The support center processes the data and provides rig support through our 4 pillars of technology. We designed the system to interface with all proportioner brands used by contractors keeping the user interface and majority of components standard for all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Dumitru Dorneanu
  • Patent number: 10415270
    Abstract: A high security electromechanical lock has a lock assembly configured to extend or retract a locking member. The lock assembly includes a first microcontroller communicatively coupled to an electronic storage memory. An electronic key input assembly is electrically and mechanically coupled to the lock assembly. The electronic key input assembly includes an electronic dial ring base having a base plate and a communications hub circuit. The base plate has a side wall. The communications hub circuit has a plurality of communications ports arranged around a periphery of the base plate that are accessible through the side wall. Each of the plurality of communications ports is configured to communicate with a respective peripheral electronic device of a plurality of peripheral electronic devices. The base plate is configured to mechanically removably mount each of the plurality of peripheral electronic devices around the periphery of the side wall of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommy O. Lowe, Daniel R. Gagnon, Tarik S. Aweimrin, George M. Horne
  • Patent number: 10419889
    Abstract: A system for providing location awareness in a building automation system includes a mesh network of lighting devices on a first floor of a building and a second mesh network of lighting devices on a second floor of the building each aggregating a tracking tag signals at a floor level gateway of the building automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WiSilica Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh Singamsetty, Dennis Ching Chung Kwan, Francis Antony
  • Patent number: 10416342
    Abstract: The invention provides a device (100) for screening one or more items (101,1806) of freight or baggage for one or more types of target material, the device comprising: a source (200, 201,1800) of incident radiation (204,206,1804) configured to irradiate the one or more items (101,1806); a plurality of detectors (202,209,1807, 301) adapted to detect packets of radiation (205,207,1700) emanating from within or passing through the one or more items (101, 1806) as a result of the irradiation by the incident radiation (204, 206, 1804), each detector being configured to produce an electrical pulse (312) caused by the detected packets having a characteristic size or shape dependent on an energy of the packets; one or more digital processors (203, 210, 303, 304, 306, 305) configured to process each electrical pulse to determine the characteristic size or shape and to thereby generate a detector energy spectrum for each detector of the energies of the packets detected, and characterize a material associated with the o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Southern Innovation International Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Scoullar, Christopher McLean, Shane Tonissen, Syed Khusro Saleem, Brendan Allman
  • Patent number: 10415374
    Abstract: A logging-while-drilling optical fiber communication device includes a rotary wireless transceiver module fixed on a protective connector; an active antenna of the rotary transceiver is placed in the first drill pipe by drilling hole through the protective connector; an optical fiber communication drawworks is located at the top of a second drill pipe, the optical fiber is downwardly released into other under-well drill pipes, the bottom of the optical fiber is connected with the well-bottom wireless receiving module; the lowest part of the drill pipe are provided with a drilling data acquisition device and a well-bottom wireless transmitting module. In the present invention, the optical fiber cable is used as transmission medium, by the means of modulating information data obtained by well logging into optical wave, and transmitting to the optical communication link, high-speed bi-directional transmission of well logging information can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Xingyu Chen, Yingfeng Meng, Gao Li, Yijian Chen, Yang Wang, Lunping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10417853
    Abstract: A parking system includes at least one first, near-field broadcasting device emitting a first radio field and at least one second, near-field broadcasting device emitting a second radio field. The system operates at least one access device. The first near-field broadcasting device transmits a first access data record, which is a function of a second access data record transmitted by the second near-field broadcasting device. An evaluation device identifies an associated access device in the system based on an evaluation of the functional relationship between the first access data record and the second access data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Miller