Patents Examined by Matthew G Marini
  • Patent number: 10710359
    Abstract: A screen printing device and a screen printing method are provided. The screen printing device includes a screen plate and an electrifying device, the screen plate includes a conductive mesh; and the electrifying device is electrically connected with the conductive mesh and configured to apply voltage to the conductive mesh. The screen printing method includes: adopting a printing head to rub against a screen plate to print ink onto a substrate for silk screen printing, wherein the screen plate includes a conductive mesh; and applying voltage with positive or negative polarity to the conductive mesh in the screen printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang Zhang, Yuhong Zhou, Duling Qin, Chengpeng Li, Qian Qu
  • Patent number: 10704939
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sensing a fluid flow passing within a pipe, which fluid flow comprises at least a first fluid phase. The apparatus includes a flow meter having an array of sensors and at least one processing unit, which flow meter is adapted to sense the fluid flow passing within the pipe as it travels past the array of sensors and produce signals indicative of the presence of vortical structures convecting with the fluid flow. The at least one processing unit is adapted to: (a) produce a k-? plot using the signals indicative of the presence of vortical structures convecting with the fluid flow, and determine a k-? plot quality parameter that indicates the presence or absence of a second fluid phase within a fluid flow passing within a pipe; or (b) determine a shape factor parameter indicative of a presence or absence of a second fluid phase within a fluid flow passing within a pipe; or (c) both (a) and (b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Expro Meters, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Sapack, Patrick Curry, David Bellemore, Charles Winston, Edward Beeloo
  • Patent number: 10704934
    Abstract: A method calculates mean speed of a fluid flowing in an open channel or a partially filled duct. Fluid having a free surface of width L1 extending between walls of the channel or duct includes local speed measurements at the surface of the fluid over a zone of width L2, the set of local measurements generating a spectrum of discrete data expressed in a temporal domain. The spectrum of discrete data is converted into a spectrum of data expressed in a frequency domain via a Fourier transform. A Gaussian curve is fitted to the spectrum and the mean ? and the standard deviation ? of the Gaussian curve are calculated. L2 and ? enable calculating the distribution of speeds over L2. The ratio L2/L1 is calculated and the mean speed of the fluid within the channel or duct is determined based on the Gaussian curve and the ratio L2/L1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FLOW-TRONIC S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Sevar
  • Patent number: 10696064
    Abstract: A decorator assembly is provided. The decorator assembly includes a number of independent ink stations. Each independent ink station is disposed adjacent to the path of travel of the mandrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. Vella
  • Patent number: 10696090
    Abstract: A thermal transfer light pen and a thermal transfer apparatus favorably perform thermal transfer even using light as a heat source to a thermal transfer sheet and performing thermal transfer to a transfer object with an uneven surface. A thermal transfer light pen includes a hollow pen body including a front end portion, a pressing body in the front end portion of the pen body and including a curved surface projecting toward a front end, a light guide including a first end and a second end, at least a portion of the light guide inside the pen body, and a light source connected to the first end of the light guide. The second end of the light guide is disposed in the front end portion of the pen body and faces the pressing body in the pen body. The pressing body is made of a material transparent to light emitted from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiro Takahashi, Hidetoshi Atsumi
  • Patent number: 10684190
    Abstract: A device measures at least a first physical quantity of fluid flow in a three-dimensional space having at least one predetermined interface, between at least two media. The device comprises a computer prescribing first and second conditions at the different boundaries concerning the first physical quantity, associated respectively with a first source and a second source, different to one another, the first and second sources being point sources of mass flow of fluid and/or of force. The computer calculates, by distributed point source calculation, a first value of the first physical quantity from the first condition and from the first source and a second value of the first physical quantity from the second condition and from the second source, at at least one second point, different from the first test point, then combines the values to calculate for the first physical quantity respectively from the different boundary conditions and sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE DE CACHAN
    Inventors: Dominique Placko, Alain Rivollet, Thierry Bore
  • Patent number: 10684153
    Abstract: A device and method to automatically switch referral matrices in a meter (120) to identify an unknown material circulating in a process application (900) and determine the material concentration, whether it may be a cleaning material or a process material. The present invention utilizes a measured line density and line temperature of the material along with a reference temperature to calculate a reference density. Using the reference temperature and reference density, a concentration percentage of the material may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon P. H. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10661589
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a housing having a front wall and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and tape type indicator apertures formed on the front wall of the housing. A combination of the tape type indicator apertures forms a pattern corresponding to a type of the tape at least partially included within the housing. The tape type indicator apertures include a first tape type indicator aperture and a second tape type indicator aperture, and the tape type indicator apertures are positioned such that the first tape type indicator aperture is not aligned with the second tape type indicator aperture in a direction orthogonal to the tape feed path and parallel to the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Masato Kato, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 10654295
    Abstract: A medium support unit which supports a medium while printing is performed on the medium by a printing apparatus, the medium support unit including: a support member having a support surface that supports the medium; a frame which is detachably attached to the support member; and a friction member which has a static friction coefficient to the medium higher than that of the support surface, the friction member being attached to the frame so as to cover the support surface when the frame is attached to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 10641605
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for measuring a clearance. The apparatus comprises: a first measurement component configured to be mounted on a first object in a mounted state thereof, so that a first measurement surface of the first measurement component is aligned with a first surface to be measured of the first object; and a second measurement component configured to be mounted on a second object in a mounted state thereof, so that a second measurement surface of the second measurement component is aligned with a second surface to be measured of the second object, wherein the first measurement component comprises a measurement instrument configured to measure a first distance between the measurement instrument and the first measurement surface and a second distance between the measurement instrument and the second measurement surface, wherein the clearance is calculated based on the first distance and the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianglong Li, Xiaoran Duan, Changkai Zhao, Quanyue Li, Feng He
  • Patent number: 10634692
    Abstract: An air data computer configured to be installed on an aircraft includes an inertial sensor assembly having a plurality of accelerometers and a plurality of rate gyroscopes. The air data computer is configured to: determine a pressure altitude of the aircraft based on measured pressure of the airflow about the exterior of the aircraft; determine an estimated attitude of the aircraft based on rotational rate sensed by the plurality of rate gyroscopes; and determine a vertical acceleration of the aircraft based on the estimated attitude of the aircraft and the acceleration sensed by the plurality of accelerometers. The air data computer is further configured to blend the vertical acceleration and the pressure altitude using a complementary filter to produce a blended altitude rate that is output to consuming systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Anthony Ell
  • Patent number: 10626873
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining a use condition of an appliance, such as a sump pump, and outputting an indication of the current use condition of the appliance. A system implementing the method will first generate an actual first signature of a first characteristic associated with the appliance. The system will then generate an actual second signature of a second characteristic associated with the appliance. Each of the actual first and second signatures are then compared to corresponding expected signatures. The system then selects a current use condition from a plurality of use conditions based on the relationship between the actual signatures and the expected signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CONNECTM TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nayeem M. Hussain, Ryan T. Fant, William J. McLeod, Theodore R. Ullrich, Dean DiPietro, Nathan Gardner Meryash, Pepin Sebastian Gelardi
  • Patent number: 10620038
    Abstract: A distributed optical fiber sensing signal processing method for safety monitoring of underground pipe network, which belongs to infrastructure safety monitoring field, which is aimed to improve the intelligent ability of detection and identification of the existing distributed optical fiber sound/vibration sensing system under complex application conditions. The present invention utilizes the distributed optical fiber sound/vibration sensing system to pick up the sound or vibration signal of the whole line along the detection cable; and the customized short time feature and long time feature are respectively extracted from the relative quantity of the sound or the vibration signal at each spatial point in the whole monitoring range. The Bayesian identification and classification network at each spatial point is constructed and trained based on the prior knowledge of the collected signal features and their different background noises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
    Inventors: Huijuan Wu, Wei Zhang, Xiangrong Liu, Yunjiang Rao
  • Patent number: 10612996
    Abstract: Provided is a structural state evaluation system for a smart structure using multi-sensing capable of coping with and controlling vibrations in real time by reasonably and efficiently determining positions of sensors included in a constructional structure using an optimal position determining algorithm and defining a baseline structure using a finite element (FE) model improving algorithm to measure and acquire various information on the smart structure through multi-sensing and evaluate and analyze structural safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Industry Foundation of Konyang University
    Inventors: Gwang Hee Heo, Joon Ryong Jeon
  • Patent number: 10612952
    Abstract: An Automatic Pulse Tracer Velocimeter (APTV) including arc-type APTVs and cross-type APTVs along with a field station and a master station capable of wireless communication with a remote computing devices. The APTV measures flow velocity in a flowable medium by injecting a small amount of a conductive tracer solution into a water column. Following injection, a plurality of wire detector pairs positioned downstream of the injection point are programmed to continuously make conductivity measurements at pre-determined time intervals. A tracer curve of the conductivity measurements over time is created and used to obtain velocity measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, inc.
    Inventors: A. James Crawford, Ni-Bin Chang
  • Patent number: 10605411
    Abstract: Automated methods and systems for diverting transmix from a petroleum pipeline are provided to reduce the overall production of transmix on the pipeline, based on pre-defined programmed cut-points associated with the various subtypes of hydrocarbon carried on the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Texon LP
    Inventors: John Colin Robbins, Larry D. Mattingly, Gary S. Wawak
  • Patent number: 10598639
    Abstract: When performing an analysis of the difference between a specific sample group and a nonspecific sample group, a principle component analysis processing unit (33) performs principle component analysis on a collection of a plurality of mass spectrums created from data obtained for a single specific sample, and a characteristic spectrum acquisition unit (34) acquires a characteristic spectrum for each of a plurality of principle components using factor loadings. A spectrum similarity calculation unit (35) calculates the similarities between all mass spectrums and the characteristic spectrum for each sample, and obtains a representative value for the same. The similarity representative value for each sample is obtained for all the characteristic spectrums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Yuriko Nakakimura
  • Patent number: 10591376
    Abstract: A method for detecting an underflation state of a tire fitted on a vehicle is provided. The method includes determining a first contact patch measurement of a first tire fitted on the vehicle, determining a second contact patch measurement of a second tire fitted on the vehicle, and comparing the first and second contact patch measurements. An underinflation situation is inferred if a difference between the first and second contact patch measurements is greater than a predetermined signalling threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Thomas Ledoux, Denis Martin, Guillaume Heredia, Alexandre Pernot
  • Patent number: 10591371
    Abstract: Power transmitted from a cyclist to a bicycle through crank arms is indirectly measured by performing calculations on direct physical measurements. The direct physical measurements are taken from sensors that can be non-rotationally coupled to the frame of the bicycle. The sensors can be integrated into the frame or installed as a module within a standard, unmodified bicycle bottom bracket. Measured power can be viewed by the cyclist using a wirelessly connected user interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LEVEL ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher R. D'Elia, Richard R. D'Elia
  • Patent number: 10584988
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to estimating river discharge and depth. Initially, observed velocities are used to generate a maximum velocity streamline for a river section, which is then used with an observed shoreline to construct a streamline curvilinear grid. The grid is used to interpolate scattered velocity data points, which are used with a bottom friction of the river section to approximate mean total head slope values. A least squares minimization scheme is applied to a velocity-slope relationship to estimate a bottom friction and discharge coefficient by fitting a difference in the predicted mean total head elevation values between upstream and downstream ends of the river section to a respective ?-average of the measured total head values of the river section. Discharge of the river section is determined based on the coefficient and a velocity-depth relationship and then used to generate a river forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Julian A. Simeonov, Kenneth Todd Holland