Patents Examined by Matthew G Marini
  • 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
    Assignees: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SITE SENSING INC.
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kourogi, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 10315412
    Abstract: A method for registering a printing press, said printing press including a plurality of printing stations each for printing a respective color-image on a web, each said printing stations being associated with a respective different color, at least two pairs of said printing stations being un-registered, the method includes the procedures of identifying at least two regions-of-interest in the image to be printed, each including a respective different pair of two partially overlapping color-images, acquiring an image of the common area on the web, for each region-of-interest, chromatically separating the acquired image to determine two monochrome images respective of each region-of-interest, for each region-of-interest registering the two monochrome images respective thereof, registering a monochrome image respective of one region-of-interest with a monochrome image respective of another region-of-interest and determining a registration correction for each printing station according to the registration between
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) Ltd.
    Inventors: Ohad Menashe, Dan Zamir, Shahar Golan, Haim Kreitman, Chanan Gazala
  • 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: 10309816
    Abstract: A method for analyzing flow of a fluid through a flowmeter is provided. In an embodiment, the method includes receiving multiphase flowmeter data representative of a characteristic of a multiphase fluid flowing through a multiphase flowmeter and segmenting the multiphase flowmeter data into time blocks. The data in the time blocks can be analyzed using time-domain analysis or frequency-domain analysis to determine flow stability. The time-domain analysis can include analyzing time blocks in a time domain to determine whether measurement distribution in the multiphase flowmeter data of the analyzed time blocks represents stable flow of the multiphase fluid. The frequency-domain analysis can include converting the multiphase flowmeter data of the time blocks from a time domain to a frequency domain and identifying time blocks in which contribution of low-frequency components in the frequency domain is below a contribution threshold. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Florian Hollaender, Stephan den Bleker
  • Patent number: 10309887
    Abstract: Apparatus features a signal processor or processing module configured at least to: receive signaling containing information about acoustic emissions resulting from particles impacting a solid sensor element configured in a process pipe having a process fluid flowing therein, including a slurry; and determine particle sizes of solids in the process fluid, based at least partly on the signaling received. The signal processor module may also be configured to provide corresponding signaling containing information about the particle sizes of solids in the process fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services Inc.
    Inventors: David V. Newton, Mark R. Fernald
  • Patent number: 10296103
    Abstract: A wireless keyboard wirelessly connects to a desktop computer, a tablet and/or a cellular phone, and carries the tablet and/or cellular phone in a dock. The dock has a slot formed in an upper wall of a keyboard panel. A bar with a channel is pivotally carried by the keyboard panel and pivots in the slot. One or more ribs and/or notches on an exterior of the bar are engaged by a pawl in the keyboard panel to releasably maintain a position of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Carreon, Kelly A. Harward, Paul Faerber
  • Patent number: 10295559
    Abstract: To calibrate an accelerometer, a rotating member is rotated over multiple periods, thereby causing the accelerometer attached to the rotating member to repeatedly turn over. A processor obtains acceleration measurements as the accelerometer turns and determines a set of local minima and maxima of the acceleration measurements. Based on these local minima and maxima, the processor determines a sensitivity of the accelerometer. The processor stores the sensitivity for use in adjusting subsequent accelerometer measurements, thus calibrating the accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad S. Dawson, John Wertz
  • Patent number: 10295397
    Abstract: A method for validating or invalidating the computed weight of an aircraft, where the computed weight of the aircraft is determined by compiling various weight assumptions added to a known empty weight of the aircraft. The method measures the aircraft center of gravity, determines the percentage of computed weight supported by the combined main landing gear struts, and using a database such as a look-up table to validate if the percentage of computed weight is determined within a reasonable range to the measured load on the combined main landing gear struts. Sensors are attached to the landing gear struts, so to measure and monitor aircraft loads and center of gravity without measuring the aircraft weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: C Kirk Nance
  • Patent number: 10293596
    Abstract: A pad printing machine comprising at least one inverted planetary roller threaded drive (12; 24; 36; 48; 60; 62) and application of latter to a pad printing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ITW MORLOCK GMBH
    Inventor: Udo Vogt
  • Patent number: 10289067
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet, a sheet ejection section to which a relay unit and a sheet processing apparatus are removably coupled, a driving-side ejection roller disposed in the sheet ejection section, to eject the sheet outside the apparatus, a plurality of driven-side ejection rollers that are replaceable, one of which is disposed facing the driving-side ejection roller, and a roller holder removably secured to the sheet ejection section to hold the one of the plurality of driven-side ejection rollers. Each driven-side ejection roller has a shaft and a plurality of roller bodies attached to the shaft and lined in an axial direction of the shaft. The driven-side ejection roller is replaced with another driven-side ejection roller in accordance with whether or not the relay unit and the sheet processing apparatus are coupled to the sheet ejection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadayasu Enomoto, Shintaroh Yamada
  • Patent number: 10286684
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing on containers includes a transport arm and a lift that cooperate to form a first container-transport device that moves a container at a container-loading position into a printing position. The transport arm is arranged on the lift and pivotable about a pivot axis thereof. The lift is axially displaceable and displaces the transport arm axially in relation to the pivot axis. At the printing position, a print head prints on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schach, Gyula Varhaniovszki, Markus Reiniger
  • Patent number: 10286701
    Abstract: A hand stamp with a use count mechanism and security elements for preventing unauthorized use. The use count mechanism includes a magnet mounted on an inner shell for relative movement with a stamp image platen carried by an outer shell, a magnetic field sensor carried by the outer shell for sensing movement between the magnet and the outer shell when the platen is moved to a stamping position, and an MCU for converting sensor signals to signals for a display. The security elements include print sensors mounted on the outer shell for sensing the finger prints of a user, with the MCU configured to convert these signals for transmission via a Bluetooth module to a smart phone containing finger print signals of an authorized user. If the fingerprint signals match, the smart phone sends an authorization signal to the MCU, which responds by unlocking the hand stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SILICON VALLEY MICRO E CORP.
    Inventors: Shengbo Zhu, Su Shiong Huang
  • Patent number: 10286734
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for estimating uneven wear in the tire shoulder with high accuracy using a fewer number of sensors are provided. An uneven tire wear estimating apparatus includes an acceleration sensor (11) disposed on an inner surface of a tire tread for measuring radial acceleration, an acceleration waveform extracting means (12) for extracting an acceleration waveform in a post-trailing-end domain from output signals of the acceleration sensor, means for calculating a vibration level ? of an uneven wear measured band and a vibration level ? of a reference band from the extracted acceleration waveform, an uneven wear determination index calculating means (16) for calculating an uneven wear determination index ?, which is an index for determining au uneven wear, from the vibration level ? and the vibration level ?, and a determining means (18) for determining whether an uneven wear is occurring in an edge of the tire shoulder from the value of the uneven wear determination index ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Masago
  • Patent number: 10280881
    Abstract: An ECU calculates a cylinder flowing air amount based on an intake tube pressure, using an air intake valve model simulating a behavior of air flowing into a combustion chamber via an air intake valve. The ECU calculates an air intake amount based on a detection result of an air amount detection sensor, and determines whether the air intake amount matches an actual amount of air flowing into the combustion chamber. When the air intake amount is determined to match the actual amount, the ECU calculates a learnt value based on comparison of the cylinder flowing air amount with the air intake amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Takezoe
  • Patent number: 10282965
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for using synthetic jet technology as an air delivery device for sensing applications. In particular, a synthetic jet device is used to deliver a controlled airflow or other fluidic flow to a sensor measurement area. Such a sensing system can be used to detect accurate concentration of target features present in the ambient surroundings, such as gases, particles, solutions, mixtures, and any other environmental features that can be sensed from a controlled airflow. An example application is air quality monitoring by using one or more synthetic jet devices to deliver a known or otherwise controlled airflow to a sensing area, thereby allowing for detection of harmful or otherwise unacceptable concentrations of particulate matter, gases, or air pollutants. In some embodiments, a synthetic jet device is operatively coupled with a sensor via a flow channel in a common housing, so as to provide a controlled flow sensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jessica Gullbrand, Melissa A. Cowan, Chytra Pawashe, Feras Eid
  • Patent number: 10279582
    Abstract: There is described a combined printing press (10; 10*) for the production of security documents, in particular banknotes, comprising a screen printing group (2; 2*) and an intaglio printing group (3) adapted to process substrates in the form of individual sheets or successive portions of a continuous web. The screen printing group (2; 2*) is located upstream of the intaglio printing group (3) and comprises at least one screen printing unit (20; 20*) designed to print a pattern of optically-variable ink onto one side of the substrates, which optically-variable ink contains flakes that can be oriented by means of a magnetic field. The screen printing group (2; 2*) further comprises a magnetic unit (24; 24*) located downstream of the screen printing unit (20; 20*), which magnetic unit is designed to magnetically induce an optically-variable effect in the pattern of optically-variable ink applied by the screen printing unit (20; 20*).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 10274364
    Abstract: A characteristic of a component having an engineered internal space can be analyzed by recording acoustic signals produced by fluid flow through the internal space at controlled flow rates, and determining one or more acoustic frequencies and acoustic intensities that are indicative of the characteristic of the component. A state and/or a source of the component can be predicted based on the results of such analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Taylor Blair, Gary Pickrell, Michael Cybulsky, Raymond John Sinatra, Romesh Batra
  • Patent number: 10272667
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a squeegee blade holder has a first side member, a second side member, and a pivot portion between the first and second side members. The holder also includes a separator between the first and second side members for maintaining compression of the side members against the squeegee blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr., Boguslaw W. Magda, Jerzy J. Podstawka, Remigiusz Kryszczuk
  • Patent number: 10265976
    Abstract: A tape cassette includes a cassette case, a tape roll, an ink ribbon, an arm portion, a long hole, and a ribbon take-up spool. A first distance, which is a length of the long hole in a left-right direction, is larger than a second distance, which is a length from a right side surface of the cassette case to a right side end portion of the long hole. A center of gravity of the tape cassette is located in a specific area, which is an area whose both end positions in the left-right direction are the same as both left and right side end portions of the long hole, and which extends in a front-rear direction of the cassette case. The right side end portion of the long hole is located further to the right than a center of the ribbon take-up spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Akira Sago
  • Patent number: 10228273
    Abstract: A solar wireless autofill system is presented. The solar wireless autofill system can include a liquid level sensor to sense a level of liquid in a container and a wireless transmitter to receive the level of liquid in the container from the liquid level sensor and to send a signal to a receiver when the level of liquid in the container is below a predefined level. The signal is not sent to the receiver when the liquid in the container is in motion. The receiver can receive the signal and cause additional liquid to be added to the container in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: George Rauchwerger