Patents Examined by Marrit Eyassu
  • Patent number: 10732162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining the disintegration time of a film-shaped pharmaceutical dosage form and a disintegration testing device for use in such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hexal AG
    Inventors: Jörg Nink, Josef Pichler, Katharina Obermüller, Alexander Wotzko
  • Patent number: 10732081
    Abstract: An air sampling device samples air in a controlled environment. The device includes a housing body having a top and a side. An opening is located at the top of the housing body. A retaining assembly retains a sampling device and atrium. The retaining assembly is located at the top of the housing body about the opening. A plenum has a top end and a bottom end, with the top end coupled to the top of the housing body about the opening so that the plenum is in flow communication with the opening. A mass flow meter has an input and an output, with the input coupled to the bottom end of the plenum and in flow communication with the bottom end of the plenum. A blower is located inside the plenum and is configured to draw air past the sampling device, through the opening, through the plenum, and through the mass flow meter. The mass flow meter detects a flow rate of air through the mass flow meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Veltek Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan G. Kocher, Arthur L. Vellutato, Jr., Jeffrey Churchvara, Mark A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10725068
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical (MEMS) accelerometer has a proof mass, a sense electrode, and an auxiliary electrode. The sense electrode is located relative to the proof mass such that a capacitance formed by the sense electrode and the proof mass changes in response to a linear acceleration along a sense axis of the accelerometer. The auxiliary electrode is located relative to the proof mass such that a capacitance formed by the auxiliary electrode and proof mass is static in response to the linear acceleration. A sense drive signal is applied at the sense electrode and an auxiliary drive signal is applied at the auxiliary electrode. The sense drive signal and the auxiliary drive signal have different frequencies. An error is identified based on a portion of a signal that is received from the accelerometer and that is responsive to the auxiliary drive signal. Compensation is performed at the accelerometer based on the identified error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Giacomo Gafforelli, Luca Coronato, Adolfo Giambastiani, Federico Mazzarella, Massimiliano Musazzi, Michele Folz
  • Patent number: 10724888
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a system for measuring the capacity of a container. The system includes a variable scale disposed near or within the interior wall of the container with elongated body formed by an adjustable shaft including a number of visual indicators. The visual indicators are representative of a capacity of the container, and sliding the adjustable shaft adjusts an amount of space between each of the visual indicators. The system also includes a measuring arm extending from one end of the adjustable shaft and configured to rotate around an axis of rotation from a locked position, in which adjustment of the adjustable shaft is prevented, to a movable position, in which adjustment of the adjustable shaft is permitted. The measuring arm can be used to expand or compress the adjustable shaft, along with the spaces between the visual indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Matthew Allen Jones, Aaron Vasgaard
  • Patent number: 10718700
    Abstract: A wear testing device includes a plurality of holding portions that hold rubber samples. The rubber samples held by each of the plurality of holding portions are independently and simultaneously pressed against a circumferential surface of a rotation body in rotation by a pressing mechanism so that abrasion debris of each of the rubber samples produced via this contact falls downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuto Kitani
  • Patent number: 10697916
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to enhance the detection accuracy of an absolute humidity determined from at least temperature and relative humidity when carrying out temperature control using a heating element according to detection characteristics for temperature and relative humidity. A physical quantity detection device according to the present invention is provided with a humidity sensor for detecting relative humidity and temperature, a heater for heating the humidity sensor, and a microcomputer and controls the heat generation amount of the heater by using the heater for heating and stopping heating such that an environment under measurement is at least a room temperature and is a temperature at which a relative humidity detection characteristic and temperature detection characteristic for the humidity sensor improve, thereby enhancing the accuracy of absolute humidity detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Isoya, Hiroaki Hoshika, Takayuki Yogo, Takahiro Miki, Takeo Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10697839
    Abstract: A detection device including: a measurement electrode, and a second electrode separated from one another by a distance (D) that is elastically modifiable locally, by a load exerted by an object on a detection surface, and a controller arranged in order to: connect the electrodes to an alternating guard potential (Vg) in order to measure a capacitance representing an approach and a contact; and connect the second electrode to a second potential a second potential proportional to the guard potential (Vg) and having a different amplitude, or to the ground potential (G), in order to measure a capacitance representing a pressure. Also provided is a detection method utilizing such a detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FOGALE NANOTECH
    Inventors: Christian Neel, Frédéric Ossart, Didier Roziere
  • Patent number: 10697879
    Abstract: A method and system of measuring the size distribution of particles within dilute colloids, for example, through variation of the minimum detected size of aerosolized colloid particles. The method of determining the size distribution of particles in a fluid, involves forming a stream of aerosol droplets of the fluid, the droplets containing particles and dissolved material evaporating the droplets to generate particles, and measuring the concentration of particles by varying a detection threshold. A system or apparatus for determining the size distribution of particles in a fluid, includes a droplet former for forming a stream, of aerosol droplets of the fluid, the droplets containing particles and dissolved material, and a condensation particle detector for evaporating the droplets to generate particles and for measuring the concentration of particles, the condensation particle detector having a variable detection threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Fluid Management Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Blackford, Derek Oberreit, Donald C. Grant, Gary Van Schooneveld, Mark R. Litchy
  • Patent number: 10690694
    Abstract: A device (10) for determining a parameter of a fluid flow includes an elastically deformable boom (23, 28, 33, 42, 47), with an inflow area (29, 31, 32, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 46, 49, 50) for fluid and a measurement apparatus (16) measuring deformation of the boom. A section of the inflow area is aligned askew and/or curved to a main fluid inflow direction (25). The boom has an inflow structure (24, 30, 34, 43, 48) on one free end. The inflow structure has the fluid inflow area. To determine the parameter of the fluid flow at high resolution, in particular a high angle resolution, the boom has a reflection surface (27) on a side facing away from the inflow structure and the measurement apparatus (16) has a laser (17). A beam axis (26) of the laser (17) is directed to the reflection surface (27) of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITÄT OLDENBURG
    Inventors: Joachim Peinke, Michael Hölling, Stephan Barth, Jaroslaw Puczylowski
  • Patent number: 10684271
    Abstract: A medical device to test bodily fluid, the device comprising a light emitting source, the light emitting source arranged to emit light inside the medical device; a test strip port, the test strip port comprising a test strip port receptacle to receive a test strip; and the light emitting source and the test strip port arranged such that, when the light emitting source emits light, at least a portion of the light emitted from the light emitting source is redirected inside the medical device to provide redirected light inside the medical device, and at least a portion of the redirected light lights the test strip port from inside the medical device in a manner than the redirected light is visible outside the test strip port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: INSULET CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Nazzaro, John Bussiere, Jason B. O'Connor, John D. D'Arco
  • Patent number: 10670503
    Abstract: A configuration for monitoring gas-filled containers includes at least one measuring device for measuring at least one parameter of the gas in the container, a communication device which is suitable for transmitting information about the gas to an evaluation device, and an energy supply device which is suitable for acquiring electrical energy from the surrounding electromagnetic radiation. In addition, a system having the configuration and a corresponding method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bastiaan Brand
  • Patent number: 10655461
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and program product for determining a formation pressure for a reservoir. Measurement data for a pretest of a formation of the reservoir is received. The measurement data is analyzed to determine a last-read event and a corresponding last-read pressure. Derivative data for flow regime identification is determined based at least in part on the measurement data. The derivative data is analyzed to determine a pressure derivative response, and a formation pressure is determined based at least in part on the last-read event, the last-read pressure, and the pressure derivative response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Pinto, Olivier Marché
  • Patent number: 10655449
    Abstract: A data monitoring system includes a data monitoring tool incorporated into a work string proximate a bottom hole assembly. The data monitoring tool detects at least one wellbore condition and at least one force experienced by the data monitoring tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Louis D. Garner, Lubos Vacik, Silviu Livescu
  • Patent number: 10641676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for tracing sewer connections with RFID PIT tags consists of using at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag embedded within a protective outer covering, and at least one RFID reader and antenna system to trace the flow of a fluid within a plumbing system, sewer lateral pipe, sanitary or storm sewer system. The RFID PIT tag and protective outer covering are introduced in one point within the plumbing system, sewer lateral pipe, sanitary or storm sewer system, such as by flushing a toilet. Subsequent collection, or detection of the RFID PIT tag at another location within a sewer lateral pipe, sanitary or storm sewer system is used to establish the presence of a hydraulic connection between the introduction and collection or detection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Jason Cruz
  • Patent number: 10605694
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the technical field of movement monitoring, and provides a video monitoring apparatus and method for an operating state of a wave maker. When the operating state of the wave maker is monitored, an image collected by a camera is subjected to mark point detection and a central position is computed. Then, the position of each mark point is tracked in a dynamic video; and the operating condition of each wave paddle is assessed according to the motion state of the mark point. In the present invention, operating monitoring of the wave paddle is independent of a wave making control system, and the operating condition of the wave paddle is monitored in real time through a non-contact image measurement mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hai Du, Juan Meng, Muguo Li
  • Patent number: 10605825
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first sensor, a second sensor, and a controller configured to determine whether the electronic device is in a predetermined state based on a detection result of the first sensor. The controller is configured to, if it is determined that the electronic device is in the predetermined state, refrain from changing a correction value used to correct a detection error in the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Shigeki Tanabe, Hideki Morita, Isao Masuike, Koutaro Yamauchi, Manabu Sakuma
  • Patent number: 10598525
    Abstract: A method for validating a sensor assembly of a meter is provided. The method comprises a step of receiving one or more sensor calibration values. The method further comprises a step of comparing the received sensor calibration values to one or more known sensor calibration values. The method can then validate the sensor assembly if the one or more received sensor calibration values are within a predetermined tolerance of the one or more known sensor calibration values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally
  • Patent number: 10585113
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus configured to acquire, as acceleration information, a peak level ak which is a magnitude of a peak on a positive side or a negative side of an acceleration signal in a tire circumferential direction or a tire width direction detected by an acceleration sensor, or a peak interval bk which is a time interval between peaks, or acquire the peak level ak or the peak interval bk of a differential acceleration signal in a tire radial direction obtained by differentiating the acceleration signal in the tire radial direction; calculate ratios Pk, Qk of a difference between the acquired acceleration information ak, bk and average values Ak?1 of the acceleration information to the average values; and determine that the acceleration sensor is detached from the inside of the tire when the calculated ratio Pk, Qk exceeds a preset threshold value Kp, Kq by multiple times successively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Masago, Kazuo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10564179
    Abstract: A sensor such as an accelerometer includes a proof mass located opposite a plurality of electrodes located on a substrate. Some of the electrodes are auxiliary electrodes that apply an alternating current auxiliary signal to the proof mass while other electrodes are sense electrodes that sense movement of the proof mass. When a residual voltage is not present on the proof mass or on the sense electrodes, the forces imparted by the auxiliary signal onto the proof mass are substantially balanced. When the residual voltage is present on the proof masses, forces at a first harmonic frequency of the auxiliary signal are sensed by a sense electrode of the sensor. A self-test is failed if the sensed forces exceed a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giacomo Gafforelli, Luca Coronato, Adolfo Giambastiani
  • Patent number: 10533955
    Abstract: A method for use in measuring a composition of a multiphase fluid which includes flowing a multiphase fluid through a fluid flow path defined by a wall of a fluid conduit is disclosed. The wall includes an electrically non-conductive material. The method includes establishing an electromagnetic field which extends through the electrically non-conductive material of the wall of the fluid conduit into the fluid and measuring a property of the electromagnetic field over a measurement time period. The method also includes transmitting additional energy through the fluid over the measurement time period independently of the electromagnetic field and measuring the additional energy transmitted through the fluid over the measurement time period. The method may be used to unambiguously determine a composition of a multiphase fluid which has different components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: M-Flow Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Alan Parker, Giles Edward, Arnault Tremolet, Alex Wall-Clarke