Patents Examined by Leon W Rhodes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10670470
    Abstract: An indication of an ambient temperature near food is received using an ambient temperature sensor of a food thermometer, and an indication of a food temperature at an interior portion of the food is received using one or more thermal sensors of the food thermometer. A rate at which the indication of the food temperature changes is determined, and the completion time is estimated based on at least the indication of the ambient temperature near the food and the rate at which the indication of the food temperature changes. In one aspect, a resting temperature rise is estimated based on the rate at which the indication of the food temperature changes and at least one of a food type, a thickness of the food, and an amount of time for the indication of the food temperature to increase by a temperature rise value during a period of cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Apption Labs Limited
    Inventors: Teemu Nivala, Joseph Cruz
  • Patent number: 10663889
    Abstract: A developing device includes a rotating member that delivers developer to a latent image on an image carrier while rotating; a supplying member provided in a supply path extending in an axial direction of the rotating member; a stirring member including a stirring shaft extending in the axial direction and provided in a stirring path extending in the axial direction and arranged side by side with the supply path in a direction intersecting the axial direction, the stirring member stirring the developer while rotating by causing the developer to circulate between the supply path and the stirring path; and a preliminary member provided in a preliminary stirring path into which toner is supplied from an outside and provided by extending an end of the stirring path that is on a side where the developer delivered from the supply member is received by the stirring member, the preliminary member including an extension shaft as an extension of the stirring shaft and a helical transporting blade provided on the extens
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuya Iwamura
  • Patent number: 10656573
    Abstract: An image heating apparatus includes a plurality of heat generating elements, a plurality of temperature detecting elements, and an energization controlling portion for selectively controlling, based on the temperature detected by each of the plurality of temperature detecting elements, electrical power to be supplied to the plurality of heat generating elements. The plurality of temperature detecting elements are arranged in each of the plurality of heat generating elements, and the energization controlling portion controls electrical power supply to the plurality of heat generating elements for the purpose of heating a non-sheet-passing heating region, through which a recording material does not pass, among the plurality of heating regions, based on a temperature detected by a temperature detecting element that is farthest from a conveyance reference position of the recording material, among the plurality of temperature detecting elements arranged in the non-sheet-passing heating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirohiko Aiba
  • Patent number: 10656030
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a temperature sensing device capable of automatically switching mode, and a method thereof. The temperature sensing device includes a control unit configured to determine that the temperature sensing device is to enter or leave from a first mode or a second mode; a power supply unit configured to provide power required by the temperature sensing device; a power circuit including the power supply unit and is electrically connected to the control unit for power supply. The power circuit includes a detection unit electrically connected to the power supply unit and the control unit, and the detection unit is configured to detect when the temperature sensing device is moved from a standing state, and enable the control unit to determine that the temperature sensing device is to leave from the first mode and enter the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsing Ou Yang, Hsuan Hao Shih, Ta Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 10648869
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a temperature sensing device capable of automatically switching mode, and a method thereof. The temperature sensing device includes a control unit configured to determine that the temperature sensing device is to enter or leave from a first mode or a second mode; a power supply unit configured to provide power required by the temperature sensing device; a power circuit including the power supply unit and is electrically connected to the control unit for power supply. The power circuit includes a detection unit electrically connected to the power supply unit and the control unit, and the detection unit is configured to detect when the temperature sensing device is moved from a standing state, and enable the control unit to determine that the temperature sensing device is to leave from the first mode and enter the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsing Ou Yang, Hsuan Hao Shih, Ta Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 10644533
    Abstract: An electronic device, an imaging apparatus, and a method of switching a power source that can smoothly switch a power source while preventing instantaneous interruption in a case where power source supply lines are shut off from each other between a device body and an external device on which a plurality of power sources can be mounted. A power source-switching preparation unit performs first processing for shifting an electronic device to an electric power-saving state and second processing for shifting the electronic device to a state where electric power can be supplied from a plurality of power sources, as switching preparation, and a power source-switching control unit switches a main power source according to a set order of priority in a state where the switching preparation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shimaya
  • Patent number: 10627780
    Abstract: A cartridge mountable to and dismountable from a main assembly of an image forming apparatus includes a memory, a guide configured to guide a portion-to-be-guided provided in the main assembly and to guide a main assembly contact provided in the main assembly to a memory contact of the memory when the cartridge is mounted in the main assembly, and a grip portion. The guide is provided at a bottom of the cartridge when the cartridge is hung by gripping the grip portion and constitutes a part of a supporting portion configured to support the cartridge when the cartridge is placed on a horizontal placement surface. The guide has a chamfered surface formed by being chamfered. When the cartridge is supported at the supporting portion, the chamfered surface opposes the horizontal placement surface, and a surface of the memory contact is inclined with respect to the horizontal placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Fujiwara, Tadashi Horikawa, Naoki Matsumaru, Ryuta Murakami, Daisuke Makiguchi
  • Patent number: 10620053
    Abstract: A thermal imaging system comprises a substrate, stacked graphene arrays on the substrate, and a number of bandpass filters separating the stacked graphene arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 10612982
    Abstract: Overheat and fire detection for aircraft systems includes at least one temperature sensing fiber optic cable. The at least one fiber optic cable is comprised of a plurality of modular fiber optic cables. The plurality of modular fiber optic cables includes at least one sensing and one non-sensing section. Portions of the at least one temperature sensing fiber optic cable can be removed and replace with separate modular fiber optic cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kidde Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Coreth, Lei Liu, Kenneth Bell
  • Patent number: 10604083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device/method for mounting a camera to a vehicle. The device comprises a mount (11), the mount having a tubular body. The mount comprises a first portion (12a) and a second portion (12b), the first portion having a first outer diameter and the second portion having a second outer diameter which is smaller than the first outer diameter; and a securing member (18b). The tubular body extends through an aperture in a panel (20) of a vehicle, the panel having an interior and an exterior surface. Accordingly, in use the first portion of the tubular body extends away from the exterior surface of the panel, and the second portion of the tubular body extends through the aperture of the panel and away from the interior surface of the panel. The first portion of the tubular body receives the securing member and the securing member extends through the first portion of the tubular body to engage the panel from the exterior surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nicolas Berne
  • Patent number: 10598618
    Abstract: A detachable boiling point detector for brake fluid includes a holding portion and a detecting portion connected to the holding portion. The holding portion has a connecting portion, and an assembling end of the detecting portion is detachably connected to the connecting portion. The detecting portion has a heater and a temperature sensor which are connected to a first port. A first circuit board and a second circuit board are assembled in the holding portion and spaced by a distance. A second port is assembled on the second circuit board and facing the detecting portion. The first port is detachably combined with the second port. When the detecting portion is connected to the holding portion, the first port and the second port are combined with each other at a connection between the assembling end and the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CHUAN JIING ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tien Tsai Tseng
  • Patent number: 10588556
    Abstract: A sensor cover according to embodiments of the disclosure is capable of being used with a non-invasive physiological sensor, such as a pulse oximetry sensor. Certain embodiments of the sensor cover reduce or eliminate false readings from the sensor when the sensor is not in use, for example, by blocking a light detecting component of a pulse oximeter sensor when the pulse oximeter sensor is active but not in use. Further, embodiments of the sensor cover can prevent damage to the sensor. Additionally, embodiments of the sensor cover prevent contamination of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Abraham Mazda Kiani, Massi Joe E. Kiani
  • Patent number: 10591363
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to generating a temperature measurement signal based upon a weighted average of signals generated by a resistive temperature detector (RTD) and a thermocouple device. The thermocouple device includes first and second thermocouple junctions. The first thermocouple junction is thermally coupled to the RTD, and the second thermocouple junction is thermally isolated from the RTD. The thermocouple is configured to generate a signal indicative of a difference between first and second thermocouple junctions, which is substantially equal to the difference between the RTD and the second thermocouple junction due to the thermal coupling configuration. The RTD generates a signal indicative of a temperature of the RTD. A weighted sum of the first and second signals is indicative of a temperature of the second thermocouple junction, which responds rapidly to temperature fluctuations, due to its having a relatively small thermal mass compared with the RTD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Richard William Phillips, Chansay Em
  • Patent number: 10585003
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system includes a temperature sensing element. The temperature sensing element is bondable to an exterior surface of an electronic component and configured to sense a temperature at an interior of the electronic component. The system further includes a flexible cable operatively connected to the temperature sensing element, and a signal conditioning unit operatively connected to a distal end of the flexible cable. The signal conditioning unit is mountable to a printed circuit board proximate to the electronic component. The signal conditioning unit is configured to receive a signal from the temperature sensing element, and output a signal indicative of the temperature at the interior of the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Saloio, James Peter Wivell
  • Patent number: 10578951
    Abstract: A variable-volume enclosure that enables the photographing, from outside the enclosure, of highly reflective, objects placed in the enclosure without the reflections of things in the environment surrounding the enclosure being seen in the objects includes: (a) a translucent, planar base, (b) a pliable, two-way mirror that is configured so that, when its opposing edges are brought towards one another, the mirror's central portion bends upward to create a temporary enclosed region of the enclosure, (c) an attachment mechanism for fixedly attaching said one of the mirror's edges to the base's top surface, (d) an adjustable attachment mechanism that temporarily and adjustably attaches the mirror's other edge to the base's top surface, (e) a translucent covering which is adjustably attached to a mirror end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Erik Espinosa
  • Patent number: 10564527
    Abstract: A mounting head, a system incorporating the mounting head and a support such as a monopod, and a system including the mounting head, the monopod, and a camera enable a photographer to tilt a monopod or other camera support while maintaining a substantially level horizon of an image. An upper head assembly and a lower head assembly are connectable to the camera and the monopod respectively. The assemblies are interconnected by a universal joint which allows the upper assembly to remain level as roll and pitch vary. A resilient member dampens relative motion of the head assemblies. As a photographer moves the camera to capture a scene, force is transmitted from the photographer's hands via the mounting head through the monopod. The photographer maintains a level horizon as the monopod tilts. A test apparatus enables design of a resilient member for desired interaction with selected classes of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Francis Kenny, Dennis Emer, Jarred Land, Sallyanne Massimini, Robert Stone
  • Patent number: 10564594
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium includes an image-bearing-unit support member, a developing unit support member, a plurality of light exposure units, and a light-exposure-unit operating member. The image-bearing-unit support member is movable between the inside and the outside of the image forming apparatus while supporting a plurality of image bearing units which each include an image bearing member. The developing unit support member is movable independently of the image-bearing-unit support member. The plurality of light exposure units each cause a corresponding one of the image bearing members to be exposed to light so as to form an electrostatic latent image. The light-exposure-unit operating member moves the light exposure units relative to the developing unit support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Ogino, Tomonori Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10550273
    Abstract: A method for determining temperature in a flow channel of a gas turbine positioned on a testing bench includes: arranging at least one rod-shaped element provided with a thermal paint coating inside the flow channel; operating the gas turbine on the testing bench in a defined operating mode, wherein the thermal paint coating of the at least one rod-shaped element changes its color depending on the temperature that the thermal paint coating is exposed to; detecting the color distribution of the thermal paint coating of the at least one rod-shaped element; and determining the temperature that has been present in the flow channel along the at least one rod-shaped element in the defined operating mode based on the detected color distribution. Another embodiment relates to a measuring device having a rod-shaped element provided with a thermal paint coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
    Inventor: Knut Lehmann
  • Patent number: 10545065
    Abstract: An adapter for a diaphragm seal, having a first coupling area for fluid-tight coupling with a process port, a second coupling area for fluid-tight coupling with a diaphragm seal and an adapter diaphragm, which is disposed fluid-tight at a junction between the first coupling area and the second coupling area and is designed to come into contact with a seal diaphragm in a mounted state of the diaphragm seal. A measuring system is also provided for measuring a pressure, a fill level and/or a temperature of a process medium within an apparatus, and an apparatus of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Zipp, Tobias Hench, Udo Hoerning
  • Patent number: 10539470
    Abstract: A sub-threshold MOSFET temperature sensor is provided in which a sub-threshold leakage current through a sub-threshold transistor having its source connected to its gate is mirrored through a diode-connected transistor to produce an output voltage. Feedback maintains a drain voltage for the sub-threshold transistor to equal the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Kevin Jia-Nong Wang