Patents Examined by Matthew G Marini
  • Patent number: 10940683
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a manufacturing method for a bent plate with a printed layer including: holding the bent plate by bringing a second main surface of the bent plate into contact with a surface of a fixing jig in which the surface of the fixing jig has a shape corresponding to the second main surface; disposing a screen having a printing pattern portion above the bent plate; bringing a squeegee into contact with a printing start part of the bent plate via the screen; and causing the squeegee to relatively traverse the bent plate along the first main surface via the screen, in which an angle on a moving direction side of the squeegee is changed when the squeegee is caused to relatively traverse the bent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Minamidate, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Tomoyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10942483
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes, a main body of the image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, and provided with a stacking portion on which a sheet with an image formed thereon is stacked, a sheet conveyance device detachably attached to the stacking portion of the main body of the image forming apparatus, and provided with a conveyance path for conveying a sheet, a guide portion disposed in the sheet conveyance device, and configured to guide the conveyed sheet, a vertically extending wall portion disposed in the main body of the image forming apparatus, facing the stacking portion, and a restriction portion protruded from the wall portion, and configured to restrict a movement of the guide portion in a direction for opening the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10933483
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes an optional pre-heat station configured to receive an electronic substrate, a dispense station configured to dispense material on the electronic substrate received from the optional pre-heat station, an optional post-heat station configured to receive the electronic substrate from the dispense station, and a non-contact sensor positioned above the electronic substrate on at least one of the optional pre-heat station, the dispense station, and the optional post-heat station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Prentice, Scott A. Reid, Patsy A. Mattero, Fernando J. Aguiar
  • Patent number: 10934921
    Abstract: A method of predicting the temperature of a resistive heating element in a heating system is provided. The method includes obtaining resistance characteristics of resistive heating elements and compensating for variations in the resistance characteristics over a temperature regime. The resistance characteristics of the resistive heating element include, but are not limited to, inaccuracies in resistance measurements due to strain-induced resistance variations, variations in resistance due to the rate of cooling, shifts in power output due to exposure to temperature, resistance to temperature relationships, non-monotonic resistance to temperature relationships, system measurement errors, and combinations of resistance characteristics. The method includes interpreting and calibrating resistance characteristics based on a priori measurements and in situ measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David P. Culbertson, Jeremy Ohse, Mark D. Everly, Jeremy J. Quandt, James Pradun, John Rohde, Mark L. G. Hoven, Bret Wadewitz, Sanhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10935520
    Abstract: A method for reconstructing a defect includes: S1, establishing a database of magnetic flux leakage signals of a unit defect and acquiring a magnetic flux leakage signal of the unit defect; S2, acquiring a target magnetic flux leakage signal; S3, initially setting a scaling factor k; S4, constructing a forward model; S5, inputting the k into the forward model and performing forward prediction according to the k to acquire a predicted magnetic flux leakage signal for the defect to be detected; S6, calculating an error between the target magnetic flux leakage signal and the predicted magnetic flux leakage signal, and determining whether the error is smaller than an error threshold ?, if yes, executing S7; otherwise, executing S5 after the k is corrected; and S7, scaling the unit defect according to the k to acquire a final size of the defect to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Songling Huang, Wei Zhao, Lisha Peng, Shen Wang, Di Cheng, Jiarui Dong
  • Patent number: 10928271
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring dynamic properties of a structure, and for using the measured dynamic properties to assess the dynamic performance of the structure. The system and method measures dynamic properties of the structure such as frequencies of resonance, mode shapes, and non-linear damping, and uses them in an analysis of the structure to compare the dynamic response of the structure with the anticipated properties of a structure built according to applicable building code requirements. The system and method thus quantifies a risk of failure of the structure by determining a risk ratio that compares an as-is condition of the structure with an as-designed condition of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Arthur Winant, Alan Peter Jeary
  • Patent number: 10926530
    Abstract: A printing object surface has a cross-sectional shape curving along a printing advancing direction. The printing advancing direction is defined as a Y-axis, a direction orthogonal to the Y-axis and belonging to the cross-section is defined as a Z-axis, and a direction around an axis orthogonal to a Y-Z plane is defined as a ?-axis. A squeegee is disposed so as to be movable in the respective Y-, Z- and ?-axis directions. Information indicating a mutual relationship among respective Y-, Z- and ?-axis positions is obtained. The relationship is a relationship that enables performing printing while maintaining or substantially maintaining an angle formed by a direction tangent to a printing position in the printing object surface in the Y-Z plane and the squeegee. Printing is executed while the respective Y-, Z-, ?-axis positions of the squeegee relative to the printing object surface are controlled according to the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Akihiko Fukazawa, Yoshihito Homma
  • Patent number: 10919289
    Abstract: A printing machine for printing on a web of printing material includes a plurality of in-line flexographic printing units disposed in a plane that is accessible to a machine operator. Every two flexographic printing units of the plurality of flexographic printing units together form a double printing station and the two flexographic printing units of a respective double printing station have a common impression cylinder. A method of operating a printing machine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Werner Schwab
  • Patent number: 10919330
    Abstract: A flexographic printing plate includes at least one halftone printing area with a plurality of halftone dots. A halftone dot of said plurality of halftone dots is shaped as a relief area. Said relief area includes a central portion and a surrounding portion. Said central portion has a central dot floor with a first pattern of a plurality of pins protruding upwardly from the central dot floor. Said surrounding portion protrudes upwardly from the central dot floor and has a top side including a second pattern of a plurality of recesses. The first pattern and second pattern are such that the surrounding portion can be distinguished from the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Xeikon Prepress N.V.
    Inventor: Bart Mark Luc Wattyn
  • Patent number: 10913293
    Abstract: Method for holding substrates on a flatbed printing system. After positioning the substrates on the substrate support surface, a leak air area not covered by the substrates is covered by positioning a flexible cover device at least over the leak air area, and preferably over the substrates as well. Thereby, air flow through the through-holes is prevented. An under-pressure is then applied to the through-holes, sucking the substrates against the substrate support surface. The flexible cover device is then withdrawn to expose the substrate for printing while the under-pressure is maintained. It was found that despite the additional amount of air passing through the through-holes uncovered by the withdrawal of the flexible cover device, the under-pressure surprisingly remained sufficient to properly hold the substrates for printing. An additional advantage is that the cover device may be applied easily and rapidly over the leak air area and substrates at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Eduardus J. W. Van Vliembergen, Anne A. Wind, Robert W. M. Severt, Joseph A. Schulkes
  • Patent number: 10914674
    Abstract: A monitoring and control system includes a stationary body with a sensor, a moving body with a sensor, and at least one computing device. The stationary body is positioned along a path of movement. The moving body moves along the path and physically interacts with the stationary body. The at least one computing device receives signals from the sensor on the stationary body and from the sensor on the moving body. The at least one computing device determines a performance value of the stationary or moving body based on the physical interaction between the moving and stationary bodies. The performance value is dependent on both of the signals received from the sensor associated with the stationary body and received from the sensor associated with the moving body as the moving body interacts with the stationary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Percev LLC
    Inventors: Andrew T. Zimmerman, Jerome Lynch, Mohammed M. Ettouney, Sharada Alampalli
  • Patent number: 10906361
    Abstract: A wheel position detection apparatus is applicable to a vehicle in which four wheels provided with tires are attached to a vehicle body, and is provided with sensor transmitters and a receiver. The sensor transmitters each include an acceleration sensor and a first control portion that detects the position of the corresponding wheel on the basis of the acceleration thereof, and creates and transmits a frame in which data indicating the result of the wheel position detection are stored. The receiver is provided in the vehicle body, and includes: a receiving portion that receives each transmitted frame by means of a receiving antenna; and a second control portion that identifies whether the sensor transmitter that has transmitted each frame is attached to the right wheels or the left wheels, from among the four wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Hiroaki Maehara
  • Patent number: 10899123
    Abstract: Provided is an activation device for a printing blanket and a printing method using a printing blanket that enable a surface of an absorber to be constantly kept clean to enable proper activation of a surface of the printing blanket. The activation device for a printing blanket includes a storage tank having a box shape, the absorber mounted on the storage tank, and a liquid stored in the storage tank. The absorber includes layers of absorbing members and absorbs the liquid from an absorber lower part, and an uppermost layer of the absorber is peelable from the absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SHUHOU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10899152
    Abstract: While the described ink pad can include any suitable component, in some cases it includes a lid, a base, and an absorbent material. Additionally, in some cases, the lid and the base define a cavity that houses the absorbent material and the lid and the base each comprise one or more magnets and/or magnetic materials that are configured to magnetically couple with each other to releasably couple the lid and base together. In some instances, the ink pad further includes one or more seals that are configured to extend between the base and lid to limit air movement into the cavity when the lid and base are coupled together in a closed position. Additional implementations are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cabin Creek, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Chiles, Tai-Yu Han, Jamie Hascall
  • Patent number: 10894438
    Abstract: Provided are a printing blanket and a printing method that enable printing on a printing member having a curved surface at an edge. The printing blanket includes a base member made of an elastic material having a three-dimensional shape with a recessed portion or a hole portion in a center of the base member and a ridge line surrounding the recessed portion or the hole portion, and a printing surface arranged on a surface of the base member on an outer side from the ridge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SHUHOU CO., LTD
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10895872
    Abstract: A method of detecting a temperature sensor failure in a turbine system, includes obtaining individual measurement values from each temperature sensor in a group of temperature sensors, calculating a characteristic value for each temperature sensor in the group based on the measurement values for the corresponding temperature sensor, selecting a first characteristic value among the calculated characteristic values, determining a first maximum value as the maximum of the characteristic values except for the first characteristic value, and determining that the temperature sensor corresponding to the first characteristic value is defective if the first characteristic value is larger than the first maximum value multiplied by a predetermined factor. A corresponding device, system, computer program and computer program product utilize the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Alexey Fishkin, Anthony Latimer, Adam Marsden, Mikhail Roshchin
  • Patent number: 10883899
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods that can facilitate data collection for valve diagnostics. The systems can include a valve assembly with a valve and a sampling device that is configured to access a repository with a first buffer and a second buffer. During operation, the valve assembly is configured to read data representing operating variables for the valve into the first buffer. The valve assembly is also configure to determine a quality measure for a first sample set of data from the first buffer, the quality measure indicating the usefulness of the first sample set of data for predicting performance of the valve relative to a second sample set of data from the second buffer. In one embodiment, the valve assembly is further configured to read data from the first buffer into the second buffer in response to the quality measure indicating that the first sample set of data is relatively more useful than the second sample set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Gene Schoonover, Robert Claude Prescott
  • Patent number: 10882304
    Abstract: A printing screen method includes: providing at least one printing scraper assembly, wherein the printing scraper assembly has a printing scraper and a pressure sensing feedback system; placing at least one printing screen on a substrate; detecting and supplying a pressure value between the printing scraper and the printing screen during printing by the pressure sensing feedback system; and comparing the supplied pressure value and a predetermined pressure value, and changing the pressure between the printing scraper and the printing screen if a difference between the feedback pressure value and the predetermined pressure value is larger than a predetermined threshold. An imprinting apparatus implementing the printing screen method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Shixin Ruan, Fuyi Cui, Xuefei Bai, Fashun Li, Chunsheng Gu, Xuwei Li
  • Patent number: 10876393
    Abstract: A method can include receiving sensor information from at least one sensor disposed in a downhole environment that includes an electric submersible pump operatively coupled to a power drive via a cable; receiving electrical information associated with transmission of power via the cable; and identifying a state of the electric submersible pump via an adaptive model of at least the cable and the electric submersible pump based at least in part on a portion of the sensor information and a portion of the electrical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sensia LLC
    Inventors: Dudi Rendusara, Andrew Meredith, Emmanuel Coste, Leo Steenson, Albert Hoefel
  • Patent number: 10870299
    Abstract: A moving body reciprocation mechanism has a rotation shaft and a moving body that engages with a spiral ridge part of the rotation shaft and reciprocates along an axial direction. The state of the moving body changes among: a first state in which the moving body moves in a first movement direction; a second state in which the moving body releases the engagement; and a third state in which the moving body reengages with the spiral ridge part and moves in a second movement direction. The rotation shaft has a planar part and a cylindrical protrusion part. A cylinder part of the moving body has: a first end part that fits onto the cylindrical protrusion part in the second state; and a second end part that radially faces an outer circumferential surface of the spiral ridge part in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Akihiro Masaki, Kazuhisa Hirahara