Patents Examined by Matthew G Marini
  • 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
    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
  • Patent number: 10214005
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for changing a blade of a rotary die cutter, particularly for flexographic printing machines: a magnetic cylinder (3) configured to receive and support a die-cutting blade (5, 5?); a station (7) for inserting the blade (5, 5?) has a retention device (70) configured to retain the blade (5) in the insertion station; a guiding device (71) guides the blade (5, 5?) toward the magnetic cylinder (3); a station (9) for extracting the blade (5, 5?), has an extraction device (90) configured to remove the blade (5, 5?) from the magnetic cylinder (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOBST FIRENZE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Ugo Bagnoli, Federico D'Annunzio, Giacomo MacCalli, Mauro MacCalli
  • Patent number: 10201327
    Abstract: A system, method, and non-transitory computer-readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Cliff A. Gronseth, John E. Tobey
  • Patent number: 10197422
    Abstract: A system and method performed by the system comprising obtaining a work parameter measured by a smart tool connected to an electronic device; and displaying information associated with the work parameter on a display of the electronic device. A system and method perform by the system comprises measuring a work parameter associated with a smart tool operating on a workpiece; and sending the work parameter to an electronic device connected to the smart tool to enable the electronic device to display information associated with the work parameter on a display of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Brian Edward Anthony McColgan
  • Patent number: 10188035
    Abstract: A method of estimating the mass of crop entering into a grain tank on a harvesting machine, comprising the steps of mounting a load sensor on the upper bearing of a conveyor belt moving crop through the clean grain elevator into the grain tank, connecting the load sensor to a processor, using the load sensor to measure a load on the conveyor belt when no crop is present in the clean grain elevator, and also when crop is moving through the clean grain elevator, and comparing the load with no crop present to the load when crop is present to estimate the mass of crop moving through the clean grain elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intelligent Agricultural Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Adam A. Reich, Paul A. Nystuen
  • Patent number: 10189284
    Abstract: A tape cassette that includes a tape cassette that includes a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a rear wall, a front wall, and a tape feed exit located on the front wall, a tape included at least partially within the housing and configured to be fed along a tape feed path extending to the tape feed exit, and a first indicator aperture positioned on the front wall and a second indicator aperture position on a rear portion of the bottom surface. A position of the first indicator aperture on the front wall indicates a type of the tape included within the housing. A position of the second indicator aperture indicates a color of characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koshiro Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Nagae, Teruo Imamaki, Masato Kato, Takashi Horiuchi, Akira Sago, Yasuhiro Iriyama, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 10150285
    Abstract: A method of forming an image and a crease on media by an image forming system includes forming a crease formation pattern on an impression media received by an impression member. The method also includes forming the image on an image forming blanket of an intermediate transfer member by a print unit. The method also includes pressing the media against the impression member by the image forming blanket to transfer the image onto the media and to establish contact with the crease formation pattern to form the corresponding crease on the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Itzik Shaul, Gilad Greenberg, George Trendafilov
  • Patent number: 10136949
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for gathering and analyzing data for robotic surgical systems are provided. In general, the methods, systems, and devices can allow data to be gathered regarding use in a surgical procedure of a robotic surgical system that includes a plurality of movable arms each configured to couple to a surgical instrument. The gathered data can be used to determine a recommended initial position of the arms for future surgical procedures using the robotic surgical system. The recommended initial position can be provided to users of the robotic surgical system in the future surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, Bernard Siu, Sina Nia Kosari, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy
  • Patent number: 10139262
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the depth to a water level, particularly depth to a ground water table below Earth's surface. The method can be used to measure the depth to a water table when the only access to the aquifer is a slender tube. A measured quantity of gas is injected into a sealed volume, while recording the pressure change in that volume, allowing a deduction of the size of the sealed volume. Using measurements of the sealed volume and the dimension of the tube containing that volume, the depth to the water level can be calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Carl E. Keller
  • Patent number: 10131136
    Abstract: There is described a recto-verso printing press (100*) adapted to carry out simultaneous recto-verso printing of sheets, the printing press (100*) comprising a main printing group (5, 6, 15, 16, 25, 26) with first and second printing cylinders (5, 6) cooperating with one another to form a first printing nip between the first and second printing cylinders (5, 6) where first and second sides of sheets are simultaneously printed, the first printing cylinder (5) acting as a sheet conveying cylinder of the main printing group (5, 6, 15, 16, 25, 26). The printing press (100*) further comprises an additional printing group (7, 8, 17, 18, 27, 28) with third and fourth printing cylinders (7, 8) cooperating with one another to form a second printing nip between the third and fourth printing cylinders (7, 8) where the first and second sides of the sheets are simultaneously printed, the third printing cylinder (7) acting as a sheet conveying cylinder of the additional printing group (7, 8, 17, 18, 27, 28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 10132632
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a micromachined hemispherical resonance gyroscope, which includes a resonant layer, wherein the resonant layer comprises a hemispherical shell whose top point of the hemispherical shell is its anchor point; several silicon hemispherical electrodes are arranged around the hemispherical shell, the silicon hemispherical electrodes include driving electrodes, equilibrium electrodes, shielded electrodes and signal detection electrodes or quadrature correction electrodes, the hemispherical shell and the several silicon spherical electrodes which surround the hemispherical shell constitute several capacitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Shuwen Guo
  • Patent number: 10107626
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of acquiring rotational information of a gyro sensor includes sensing a predetermined physical quantity which depends upon an amplitude of a vibration in a second direction, the vibration in the second direction being based on Coriolis force that is applied to a movable body which is vibrating in a first direction, calculating rotational information of the movable body based on the sensed predetermined physical quantity, and stopping a vibration in the first direction of the movable body after the predetermined physical quantity is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Tamio Ikehashi
  • Patent number: 10104873
    Abstract: An egg printing system comprises a printer (30, 31, 32) and an endless egg conveyor (1) that is adapted to move the eggs (50) past the printer. The conveyor including an endless element running around a set of rotational wheels and a drive unit defining a conveying direction of the conveyor. The egg conveyor includes a lane of egg retaining pockets (10) coupled to the endless element, said lane of retaining pockets in use moving in the conveying direction. Each retaining pocket has a central axis and an upper receiving opening to receive an egg with a longitudinal axis of the egg generally aligned with said central axis of the pocket. The pocket has a side opening at a side thereof facing in the conveying direction and/or in the opposite direction, leaving a side surface area exposed of the egg that is received in the pocket. The retaining pockets remain in an upright position in every position in the lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sanovo Technology Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrik Elferink, Jan Hordijk
  • Patent number: 10093513
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding sheets or sheet stacks, including at least two folding/transport rollers, transport device and knife, the transport device defining transport plane E for sheets or sheet stacks fed in transport direction R, knife being movable substantially perpendicularly to and through transport plane E, folding/transport rollers being arranged above transport plane E, oppositely on both sides of knife, axis of rotation A of folding/transport rollers extending substantially perpendicularly to transport plane E, and at least two folding/transport rollers each having, at their end facing toward transport plane E, rounded portion, such that narrowing gap S is formed between the at least two folding/transport rollers, into which gap sheets or sheet stacks can be introduced by means of knife so as to be folded there and at same time conveyed away in transport direction R, and to corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HUNKELER AG
    Inventors: Kurt Graber, Friedrich Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 10088385
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a first wireless device integrated into a management facility from a second wireless device integrated into a detection device, environmental conditions produced by a structure and detected by the detection device attached to the structure; and processing, by the management facility, the environmental conditions to detect a deviation from an expected operation of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Paul D'Orlando, Rosanna C. Glynn, William R. Fiske, Radoslaw Zakrzewski, Fanping Sun, Joseph V. Mantese, Thomas M. Zywiak, Bernard Dion, Christopher McAuliffe, Meade G. Ferrigan