Patents Examined by Matthew G Marini
  • Patent number: 10437939
    Abstract: A probabilistic method for determining an operability interval for fasteners in a nuclear power plant assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Framatome Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Troyer, Brian Haibach, Tim Wiger
  • Patent number: 10427664
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for monitoring the brake performance of a vehicle. A modeled deceleration of the vehicle may be calculated based on a master cylinder pressure of the vehicle brake system. The modeled deceleration may be compared to a measured deceleration of the vehicle. A notification may be initiated when a difference between the modeled deceleration and the measured deceleration exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Hsin-hsiang Yang, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 10414184
    Abstract: A print method using a printer module of a portable label printing/sticking machine, the portable label printing/sticking machine performing printing on each label piece of a continuous label formed by temporarily adhering a plurality of label pieces on a ribbon-shaped liner sheet and sticking the label pieces, wherein the printer module is first and second printer modules provided in at least two vertical stages, any one of the first and second printer modules being provided with an item print band across at least two columns, the other one of the first and second printer modules being provided with a data print band, and the print method includes printing a partitioning frame that partitions a print area of the label piece into four regions including upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right regions on the label piece in advance; and printing on the four regions of the print area using the first and second printer modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Hanyu, Kentaro Tabuchi
  • Patent number: 10401172
    Abstract: An angular velocity acquisition device includes a movable body, a drive electrode to which a drive voltage is applied to vibrate the movable body in a first direction, at least one stopper that stops the movable body at a predetermined position, a hold electrode which receives a hold voltage to hold the movable body at the predetermined position, a detection unit that detects a predetermined physical quantity depending on an amplitude of the vibration of the movable body in a second direction based on a Coriolis force acting on the movable body that vibrates in the first direction, and an angular velocity calculation unit that calculates an angular velocity of the movable body based on the predetermined physical quantity detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Haruka Yamamoto, Yasushi Tomizawa, Tamio Ikehashi
  • Patent number: 10393568
    Abstract: A system and method to detect and quantify integration errors in a transit time ultrasonic flow meter uses dissimilar integration methods or schemes employed simultaneously. In a preferred embodiment, a number of chordal paths are arranged in a single meter body such that at least two dissimilar chordal integration schemes can be used to determine the flow rate. At least one of the chordal paths is common to both integration schemes. The total number of chordal paths needed in any chordal measurement plane is less than the sum of the chordal paths used in each of the integration schemes (as is the sum of the planes), thereby reducing hardware requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Gregor J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10386771
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a cassette that has a placement plate on which a sheet is set, a paper feed roller, a raising/lowering mechanism that raises and lowers the placement plate, a print unit, a sheet sensor, an upper limit sensor and a control unit. The control unit recognizes, based on an output of the sheet sensor, that the sheet supplied from a paper feed device reaches an installation position of the sheet sensor. The control unit detects, based on an output of the upper limit sensor, that the paper feed roller reaches a predetermined upper limit position or that the raising/lowering mechanism raises the placement plate such that the sheet reaches a feed position and uses the sheet sensor and the upper limit sensor so as to detect that the paper feed device encounters overload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Koji Minamino, Hitoshi Asaka
  • Patent number: 10377603
    Abstract: A trailing portion of a sheet drawn out of a sheet roll is discharged with a simple configuration. In a case where a trailing portion of the sheet is drawn out of the sheet roll, a driven roller is brought into press-contact with a core of the sheet roll via the trailing portion, whereby the trailing portion is discharged by utilizing the rotation of the core of the sheet roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Sumioka
  • Patent number: 10371124
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for determining wake losses of a wind farm. The wind farm includes a plurality of wind turbines. The method includes operating the wind farm in a first operational mode. Another step includes collecting turbine-level data from at least one upstream wind turbines in the wind farm during the first operational mode. The method also includes estimating a freestream farm-level power output for the wind farm during first operational mode based, at least in part, on the collected turbine-level data. A further step includes measuring an actual farm-level power output for the wind farm for the first operational mode. Thus, the method also includes determining the wake losses of the wind farm for the first operational mode as a function of the measured actual farm-level power output and the estimated freestream farm-level power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Megan Wilson, Stefan Kern, Akshay Krishnamurty Ambekar
  • Patent number: 10369779
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for producing three-dimensional screen-printed articles, comprising a press bed with a printing screen, by means of which at least one printing object can be printed multiple times, wherein after each completed printing, the height can be increased by the application thickness of the previous printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Exentis Knowledge GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Bauer
  • Patent number: 10363677
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a cutter. The cutter includes a first blade and a second blade, and cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the rotatable second blade to be moved, in which a rotation center of the second blade is disposed on a first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Tokuda
  • Patent number: 10365183
    Abstract: The abnormality diagnosis system of an air-fuel ratio sensor comprising an exhaust purification catalyst, an upstream side air-fuel ratio sensor provided at an upstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst, a downstream air-fuel ratio sensor provided at a downstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst, and a diagnosis device diagnosing the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor for abnormality based on outputs of these air-fuel ratio sensors. The diagnosis device judges that the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor suffers from an abnormality if the output air-fuel ratio of the upstream side air-fuel ratio sensor has become a rich air-fuel ratio richer than a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, and the output air-fuel ratio of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor air-fuel ratio has changed from an air-fuel ratio richer than a lean judged reference air-fuel ratio to an air-fuel ratio leaner than the lead judged reference air-fuel ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyamoto, Yasushi Iwazaki, Keiichiro Aoki, Toru Kidokoro
  • Patent number: 10359351
    Abstract: A method of electrically measuring the electrical properties of individual particles flowing in a liquid, which method comprises: (i) providing apparatus (3) which is for electrically measuring the individual particles and which has: (a) a fluidic channel (5) for receiving a liquid (6) having the individual particles (4) in suspension in the liquid (6); (b) a first electrode arrangement (8) having at least one measurement electrode (16) and at least one signal electrode (11); and (c) at least one other electrode arrangement (9) having at least one measurement electrode (18) and at least one signal electrode (13); (ii) providing a flow of the liquid (6) through the fluidic channel (5); (iii) applying a first electrical signal through the liquid (6) and along a first conduction path between the measurement electrode (16) and the signal electrode (11) of the first electrode arrangement (8); (iv) applying an electrical signal through the liquid (6) and along at least one other conduction path; (v) comparing the e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: University of Southampton
    Inventors: Daniel Christopher Spencer, Hywel Morgan
  • Patent number: 10350879
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses for screen printing on a surface of a three-dimensional substrate comprising a substantially rigid, substantially planar frame having a perimeter defining a region within the perimeter having a given surface area; and a screen attached to the frame and extending across at least a portion of the surface area, wherein the screen comprises a first portion through which a liquid printing medium can pass onto a proximate three-dimensional substrate; and a second portion coated with an emulsion substantially preventing the liquid printing medium from passing through the second portion of the screen, wherein the screen has a fixed tension of less than about 20 N/cm. Methods and systems for screen printing on a surface of a three-dimensional substrate are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Cutcher, Jr., Christopher Paul Daigler, Christina Marie Laskowski, Kevin Ray Maslin
  • Patent number: 10336059
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for coating selected regions of a surface of a substrate with a film. A cyclically moveable transfer member has an imaging surface which is coated with individual particles formed of, or coated with a thermoplastic polymer, and substantially all particles that are not in direct contact with the imaging surface are removed so as to leave a uniform monolayer particle coating on the imaging surface. Selected regions of the imaging surface are exposed to radiation to render the particles tacky within the regions, and the coated imaging surface and the substrate are pressed against one another to cause transfer of only the tacky particle coating, such that only the particles in the tacky regions form a film on the substrate. The monolayer on the imaging surface of the transfer member is replenished with fresh thermoplastic particles and the cycle repeats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LANDA LABS (2012) LTD.
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Anton Krassilnikov, Michael Nagler, Moshe Fahima, Nir Rubin Ben Haim, Ofer Aknin, Ronen Yogev
  • Patent number: 10337957
    Abstract: An apparatus for analyzing the condition of a machine having a rotating part, includes: a first sensor for generating an analogue electric measurement signal; an analogue-to-digital converter for sampling the analogue electric measurement signal at an initial sampling frequency to generate a digital measurement data signal in response to the received analogue electric measurement signal; a device for generating a position signal having a sequence of position signal values for indicating momentary rotational positions of the rotating part; and a speed value generator for recording a time sequence of the position signal values such that there are angular distances and corresponding durations between at least three consecutive position signals, wherein the speed value generator establishes at least two momentary speed values based on the angular distances and corresponding durations, and further momentary speed values for the rotating part are established by interpolation between the two momentary speed valu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: S.P.M. Instrument AB
    Inventor: Lars-Olov Hedin
  • Patent number: 10324078
    Abstract: Concrete can be one of the most durable building materials where consumption is projected to reach approximately 40 billion tons in 2017 alone. Despite this the testing of concrete at all stages of its life cycle is still in its infancy although testing for corrosion is well established. Further many of the tests today are time consuming, expensive, and provide results only after it has been poured and set. Accordingly, by exploiting self-contained wireless sensor devices, which are deployed with the wet concrete, the in-situ curing and maturity measurement data can be established and employed together with batch specific concrete data to provide rapid initial tests and evolving performance data regarding the concrete cure, performance, corrosion of concrete at different points in its life cycle. Such sensors remove subjectivity, allow for rapid assessment, are integrable to the construction process, and provided full life cycle assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Giatec Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: Pouria Ghods, Rouhollah Alizadeh, Mustafa Salehi, Sarah De Carufel
  • Patent number: 10317841
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes pair of ejection rollers that are used for ejecting a recording material to a stacking unit from a main body of the image forming apparatus and a cooling unit. The cooling unit includes, air-blowing ports that are used for blowing air onto the recording material in a direction crossing a transport direction of the recording material are positioned in a region that is located above the position of a nip portion of the pair of ejection rollers and below an extension line tangent to the nip portion of the pair of ejection rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Yoshimura, Tomoya Kuruma, Akimichi Suzuki, Satoshi Nishida, Kazuhiro Doda, Isamu Takeda, Takanori Mitani
  • Patent number: 10317383
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for collecting data related to a water quality sample location. Identifying information of a water quality sample container is electronically obtained, and identifying information of a water quality sample location is electronically obtained. There is placed, in the container, a water sample from the water quality sample location. There is stored the identifying information of the water quality sample container and the identifying information of the water quality sample location; such storing includes associating the identifying information of the water quality sample container and the identifying information of the water quality sample location. Other variants and embodiments are broadly contemplated herein, including methods and arrangements for validating water quality sample data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HACH LANGE GMBH
    Inventors: Max Schreiber, Johannes Berssen, Sylvia Haustein, Jan Bob
  • Patent number: 10317423
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device and a method which allow a travel direction of a moving body to be estimated more efficiently. The present invention provides a travel direction estimating device for estimating a traveling direction in which a moving body travels, including: an accelerometer for detecting an acceleration by which the moving body travels; an angular velocity sensor for detecting an angular velocity by which the moving body travels; and a travel direction vector determining section for determining the traveling direction of the moving body by calculating, based on the acceleration detected by the accelerometer and on the angular velocity detected by the angular velocity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kourogi, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 10315411
    Abstract: A device 1 for imprinting cans 8 comprises a plurality of ink cartridges 2a-2f that supply ink to a plurality of printing plates 3a-3f; the printing plates 2a-2f communicate with transfer blankets 5a-5l fixed to drum 6, the transfer blankets 5a-5l move ink from the printing plates 2a-2f and apply it to cans 8; each transfer blanket 2a-2f includes a different art in low relief (FIG. 15) which produces an image on cans 8 in addition to the image produced by printing plates 2a-2f; the device 1 is preferably a rotary dry offset printer. A method of printing cans comprising forming a relief image in a transfer blanket with a laser is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Joao Vilas Boas, Jeffrey Lewis