Patents Examined by Matthew G Marini
  • Patent number: 11156593
    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: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Giatec Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: Pouria Ghods, Rouhollah Alizadeh, Mustafa Salehi, Sarah De Carufel
  • Patent number: 11155074
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for producing three-dimensional screen-printed articles, comprising a press bed with a printing screen, by means of which at least one printing exploit can be printed multiple times, wherein after each completed printing, the lift-off can be increased by the application thickness of the previous printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Exentis Knowledge GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Bauer
  • Patent number: 11150159
    Abstract: An adaptive loading method for real-time hybrid simulation testing based on a space frame model. The system initial delay is controlled to be close to 0 before the loading of seismic wave by a dual compensation strategy for the initial delay based on the initial delay compensation and the adaptive loading segment, thereby solving the problem of insufficient estimation and compensation of the initial delay in the real-time hybrid simulation. In addition, the test substructure of the space frame model is equated as a test element, and the overall displacement response corresponding to the test substructure in the overall model is converted to the actual loading relative displacement of the test substructure by using the signal conversion module, thereby realizing the real-time loading of the large-scale spatial frame model with great rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
    Inventors: Tengfei Li, Mingzhou Su, Yan Sui, Lei Ma, Huanxue Gong
  • Patent number: 11148410
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for screen printing facilitate the application of colors, patterns, and other indicia onto a curved printing substrate, such as a concave glass surface of an appliance. The apparatus includes a print head assembly that is typically supported by a frame and is movable relative to the frame and the printing substrate. The print head assembly includes biasing elements with movable end portions that support a wiper and apply varying levels of pressure to the wiper as it is moved along the curved surface or surfaces of the substrate during a printing process. The print head assembly and associated screen printing equipment may be automated or computer controlled so as to independently vary the pressure of the biasing elements and, thus, the pressure of different areas of the wiper along the substrate, to accommodate simple or complex curves in the substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brownlow, Robert Bronsink, Roland R. Dubay, Joseph J. Gilberti
  • Patent number: 11148452
    Abstract: To provide a screen plate that can allow printing accuracy to be improved. A screen plate comprising a plate frame and a screen gauze formed of warp and weft fibers each made of a synthetic fiber, wherein the screen gauze is stretched on the plate frame under application of a predetermined tensile force, and the thickness of the screen gauze stretched on the plate frame is 88% or less based on the thickness of the screen gauze under application of no tensile force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NBC MESHTEC INC.
    Inventors: Shinji Kurahashi, Hiroki Sano, Nobukazu Motojima, Tsuruo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11135864
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stamp comprising a telescoping upper and lower part as well as a printing plate holder pivotally disposed in the lower part to accommodate the stamp plate. A retaining device for a stamp pad is associated with the printing plate holder, and in a rest position the printing plate holder is positioned in the range 80° to 135°, preferably at approximately 90° with respect to a contact area. From this rest position the stamp can be displaced into an operating position to produce a stamped imprint via guide means, whereby the printing plate holder is turned about two guide pins, wherein one guide pin is respectively disposed on a side face of the printing plate holder, and the guide pins simultaneously engage in guide slots in the upper and lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Markus Zehetner, Peter Zindl
  • Patent number: 11129593
    Abstract: A system, method, and non-transitory computer-readable medium The system includes a processor configured to receive ultrasound data from an ultrasound reflected wave reflected from specimen features in an organic specimen resultant from an ultrasound incident wave transmitted into the organic specimen; to identify each region having data obtained from anatomic model data related to the organic specimen that satisfies selection criteria in comparison to the received ultrasound data; and to repeat consecutively, if the number of identified regions is not equal to one and the number of times the selection criteria are adjusted is less than a specified maximum number of adjustments, removal of identified status from each identified region, adjustment of the selection criteria in accordance with adjustment rules and identification of each region having data obtained from anatomic model data that satisfies the adjusted selection criteria in comparison to the received ultrasound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Cliff A. Gronseth, John E. Tobey
  • Patent number: 11134360
    Abstract: A method of orienting a mobile device to a vehicle includes determining an orientation of a gravity vector and aligning a first axis of the mobile device with respect to the gravity vector. The method also includes determining an orientation of a magnetic direction and aligning a second axis of the mobile device with respect to the magnetic direction. The method further includes determining a direction of travel for the vehicle and orienting the mobile device to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Brad Cordova, Sanujit Sahoo, Sushrut Karnik
  • Patent number: 11123975
    Abstract: A screen printing press includes a base and a clamping mechanism which is connected to the base. The clamping mechanism has a first member, a second member disposed perpendicular to the first member, and an edge. The clamping mechanism has X, Y, and Z axes, The screen has a first surface and a second surface perpendicular to the first surface. A protruding stop is disposed on at least one of the first surface and the second surface. The screen is positioned in the clamping mechanism so that the first surface abuts the first member, the second surface abuts the second member, and the protruding stop abuts the edge. The base includes an open frame which defines a volume which is shaped and dimensioned to receive a burn unit, so that when the burn unit is placed within the volume the burn unit is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Gary Paul Jurman
  • Patent number: 11125608
    Abstract: A window function calculator applies a Hann window function to Vd (n) to obtain a numeric value Vw (n). For twenty successive numeric values Vw(n) for every twenty numeric values (N=20), each of the Fourier calculators to executes Fourier calculation. Further, the SRSS calculators to calculate square root of sum of squares of SIM and COS components of respective orders of the results of Fourier calculation as numeric values A2, A3, A4, A5. A subtractor calculates a numeric value Ci=A3?A5, while a subtractor calculates a numeric value Si=A4?A2. A Frequency calculator calculates a numeric value Fi=(m+1+2*A TAN 2 (Ci, Si)/?)/(NT), which indicates the frequency identified. An amplitude calculator doubles the square root of the sum of squares of the numeric values Ci and Si, and calculates a numeric value Ai that indicates the amplitude of the frequency identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Yasukazu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11117390
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to perform printing onto a medium, a supporting unit configured to support the medium to be printed by the printing unit, a pressing unit configured to be attachable and detachable with respect to the supporting unit and to be attached to the supporting unit to press the medium supported by the supporting unit, and a retainer configured to retain the pressing unit that is removed from the supporting unit. The retainer has a first portion on which the pressing unit is placed, and a second portion positioned closer to a leading end of the retainer than the first portion and above the first portion in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiro Yamashita, Nobuhiko Hamada
  • Patent number: 11117366
    Abstract: A retrofit kit that upgrades an existing inkjet printing mechanism by replacing it with a more efficient and advanced light imaging mechanism. The kit includes a control module, a printhead module, and a retrofit printhead. The control module is operable to communicate with the existing command processor in order to receive a digital image. The retrofit printhead includes a means for emitting light onto an emulsion coated screen and is adapted to attach to and be integrated into an existing XY plotting system within the existing printer. The control module interfaces with the existing command processor to control the XY plotting system and the position of the retrofit printhead. The control module also interfaces with the printhead module to communicate and synchronize the amount of light to be emitted at each position; the printhead module thereafter controls the retrofit printhead to emit the determined amount of light at each position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Geoff McCue
  • Patent number: 11110698
    Abstract: A sheet gripping mechanism includes a first sheet guide including a guide surface facing a sheet conveyance path along which a sheet is to be conveyed and a second sheet guide which faces the first sheet guide across the sheet conveyance path. The second sheet guide includes a protuberance extending toward the first sheet guide, to locations beyond the guide surface formed by the first sheet guide. When a sheet is located between the first sheet guide and the protuberance of the second sheet guide, the protuberance extends at least a portion of the sheet toward the first sheet guide to bring a part of a surface of the sheet into contact with the first sheet guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Jun Yan Tham, Tsuyoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 11112333
    Abstract: A sensor failure diagnostic apparatus includes a first estimation unit to estimate a mixing ratio of each type of a molecular structure included in a fuel, based on combustion parameters when a combustion of an internal combustion engine is executed in different combustion conditions, among the combustion parameters sensed by a combustion sensor, a second estimation unit to estimate the mixing ratio, based on characteristic parameters sensed by a characteristic sensor, a combustion sensor diagnostic unit to determine whether a failure of the combustion sensor exists, based on a sensed value of the combustion sensor when the combustion is not executed, and a characteristic sensor diagnostic unit to determine whether a failure of the characteristic sensor exists, by comparing the mixing ratio estimated by the first estimation unit with the mixing ratio estimated by the second estimation unit when the combustion sensor diagnostic unit determines the combustion sensor is normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Atsunori Okabayashi, Shinya Hoshi
  • Patent number: 11105658
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a computational distributed fiber-optic sensing method and system. The method includes: determining a signal source for modulating intensity of incident light, where the signal source is a binary sequence; using an optical pulse sequence obtained after modulation is performed using the signal source, as an incident light signal, and emitting the incident light signal to an optical fiber; acquiring, according to specified sampling frequency, a scattered light signal obtained through optical fiber scattering; determining, according to the incident light signal and the scattered light signal, a time-domain reconstructed image of a to-be-detected light signal by using a time domain-based differential ghost imaging protocol; and determining a sensing signal of the optical fiber according to the time-domain reconstructed image of the to-be-detected light signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Dapeng Zhou, Wei Peng
  • Patent number: 11099156
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for detecting and evaluating a defect with electromagnetic multi-field coupling. The method includes magnetizing a pipeline with the electromagnetic multi-field coupling; detecting a defect of the pipeline along an axial direction of the pipeline at a constant speed; collecting signals at a position of the defect to obtain magnetic leakage signals in three dimensions and an electrical impedance signal; pre-processing the collected signals; decoupling the pre-processed signals, to obtain decoupled magnetic leakage signals and a decoupled electrical impedance signal; performing impedance analysis on the decoupled electrical impedance signal, and determining a type of the defect based on a phase angle of the decoupled electrical impedance signal; and performing quantification analysis on the decoupled magnetic leakage signals and performing quantification evaluation on a size of the defect using a neural network defect quantification method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Songling Huang, Wei Zhao, Shen Wang, Xinjie Yu, Lisha Peng, Jun Zou, Fuping Wang, Jiarui Dong, Lin Gui, Yue Long
  • Patent number: 11090959
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an apparatus body, a carriage, an encoder, a detection target member, a detector, and circuitry. The encoder detects an amount of movement of the carriage in a main scanning direction. The target member on the carriage has a cutout portion halfway in the main scanning direction. The detector on the body detects the target member. The circuitry controls a position setting operation for setting a home position of the carriage based on a detection result of detection or non-detection of the target member. The circuitry measures an output pulse of the encoder from when the detection result changes from detection to non-detection until when the detection result changes from non-detection to detection, and determines whether a measured value of the output pulse is equal to or greater than a predetermined value set based on a width of the cutout portion in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kahei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11090964
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a stamp with metallic elements, may comprise at least one stamping component and one stamping insert. The stamping component may be formed of a top part with a handle element and a bottom part with a cushion-receiving element. The stamping insert may be connected so as to move synchronously via a reversing mechanism having a slide track in the bottom part via a shaft or trunnion to the top part. In the resting position a text plate mounted on the stamping insert may abut against an ink pad soaked with ink in the cushion-receiving element. The metallic elements can be attached from the outside onto the top and bottom parts formed from plastic material and these are fixed via a fastening system of the upper and lower parts. The metal part of the bottom part is fixed on a surface of the plastic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Trodat GmbH
    Inventors: Konrad Riegler, Markus Zehetner, Helmut Lindner
  • Patent number: 11085843
    Abstract: A relational expression calculator calculates a relational expression by performing approximation calculation for data strings each of which associates the value of a subject factor, which varies according to a user or an environment, with an input stress measurement value that is measured when a subject device is used. An input stress calculator calculates an input stress, which is input to the subject device, according to the relational expression and to index data on the subject factor. A failure rate calculator calculates a failure rate of the subject device according to the input stress and to a characteristic value distribution of the subject device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Kouta Oishi, Kuniyasu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11084301
    Abstract: A method and a device as provided for printing a large surface which is situated, in particular, on a substrate which cannot be fed to a printing device. The method is distinguished by the fact that the perpendicular spacing Azo of a reference point of the device at a plurality of points which are distributed over the printing web from the surface to be printed is determined in each case at the points which are distributed over the printing web, and the perpendicular spacing Az of the print head from the surface to be printed is set in accordance with a previously recorded measured value. Here, the plurality of points can be distributed uniformly over the length of the printing web. The device for carrying out the method has a measuring device for contactless measurement of the spacing between a reference point of the device and the surface to be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: A. Schmidt e.K.
    Inventor: Andreas Schmidt