Patents Examined by Max H Noori
  • Patent number: 11454557
    Abstract: A flexible stress sensing device is provided, which includes a flexible cloth substrate, a flexible stress sensor and textile knots configured to fix the flexible stress sensor on the flexible cloth substrate. The flexible stress sensor includes two conductive fiber bundles, wherein each of the conductive fiber bundles is provided with a loose structure, and the loose structures of two conductive fiber bundles contact with each other and form a stress sensing unit. The flexible stress sensing device can be washable, is not easy to fall off, and can resist against motion interference, and has other advantages of high resolution, high sensitivity and a compatibility with the prior textile techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: WUYI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianyi Luo, Jingcheng Huang, Xiaoyan Hu, Baowen Liang
  • Patent number: 11454559
    Abstract: Systems and methods of determining a tension of an anchor embedded in a dam are described. A dynamic impulse response of the dam is empirically obtained in such that a portion of the empirical dynamic impulse response is dominated by a dynamic behavior of the anchor. Furthermore, a set of modeled impulse responses that map to a set of tension values for the anchor are obtained. Next, a closest matching modeled impulse response from the set of modeled impulse responses that is a closest match to the portion of the empirical dynamic impulse response that is dominated by the dynamic behavior of the anchor is determined. Finally, a tension value from the set of tension values is selected, which is the closest match to the portion of the dynamic impulse response dominated by the dynamic behavior of the anchor. As such, the tension value of the anchor can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Engineering Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Hall, Ziyad Duron
  • Patent number: 11448560
    Abstract: A strain gauge includes a flexible substrate, and a plurality of resistors each formed of a Cr composite film, on or above the substrate. The substrate is attached to a flexure element, the plurality of resistors including two resistors disposed at locations at which the two resistors are opposite to each other, such that the flexure element is interposed between the two resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Aizawa, Atsushi Kitamura, Eiji Misaizu, Akiyo Yuguchi
  • Patent number: 11446547
    Abstract: A resistance sensing apparatus for exercise equipment includes a resistance adjusting assembly and a sensing unit. The resistance adjusting assembly includes an adjusting unit, a tubular member disposed above the adjusting unit, and an adjusting shaft mounted in the tubular member. The adjusting shaft has a first threaded portion and a second threaded portion formed thereon. The adjusting unit is threaded onto the first threaded portion. The sensing unit includes a second threaded member threadedly engaged to the second threaded portion, a first sensing member is disposed on one of the adjusting unit and the second threaded member, the second sensing member is disposed on the other of the adjusting unit and the second threaded member. By adjusting the adjusting unit and the second threaded member, a distance of the first and the second sensing member is changed and generates corresponding signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Peloton Interactive, Inc.
    Inventors: Yao-Jen Chang, Chen-Fei Yang
  • Patent number: 11441957
    Abstract: An indicator clip for use with a retention mechanism. The indicator clip includes a body with a channel that is configured to accept a strap from the retention mechanism, and further including at least one extension that is configured to deflect when a force is applied to the retention mechanism. The indicator clip is configured to measure the force applied to the retention mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Christensen, Rodney G. Rouleau
  • Patent number: 11441956
    Abstract: Various deficiencies in the prior art are addressed by systems, methods, architectures, mechanisms and/or apparatus configured for fabricating a strain sensing device directly on a structure by printing or otherwise depositing a material on the structure, the material exhibiting a piezo-resistive effect, and sintering a strain sensing pattern from the material such that the strain sensing pattern becomes electrically conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Roberto S. Aga, Emily M. Heckman
  • Patent number: 11441345
    Abstract: A counterbalance system for an overhead door is disclosed. The system includes a torsion adjustment comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first and second portions being rotatable relative to one another in a first direction and not in a second direction opposite the first direction. The system also includes an anchor fixed to the first portion, a collar fixed to the second portion, the collar being selectively fixable to a shaft of the overhead door, and a spring coupled between the collar and the anchor. The spring supports at least a portion of the weight of the overhead door as the overhead door is raised and lowered. Rotating the first portion of the torsion calibration collar relative to the second portion of the torsion calibration collar increases torsion in the spring and therefore calibrates the spring to support a desired amount of the weight of the overhead door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R Hall, Michael Hall, Jerome Miles, David Groesbeck
  • Patent number: 11434105
    Abstract: A suspension member load sensor configured for use with a suspension member in an elevator system is provided. The suspension member load sensor includes a housing bounded by an upper cover plate and a lower cover plate. The upper cover plate and the lower cover plates are configured to receive a rod extending therethrough. The lower cover plate is configured to seat adjacent a mounting plate. A strain gauge is disposed within the housing and configured to produce an electrical signal commensurate with a load on the suspension member. A plurality of spaced apart projections extend outwardly from a lower surface of the lower cover plate. The projections are configured to define a location for the introduction of force into the load sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Tim Ebeling
  • Patent number: 11433550
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement for measuring at least one component of a force or a torque includes a sensor assembly having a first contact structure and a second contact structure, between which the at least one component of the force or torque is to be measured, and a plurality of sensor elements. The plurality of sensor elements are each connected by way of a first joint to the first contact structure and by way of a second joint to the second contact structure and configured to measure the component of force or torque between the first contact structure and the second contact structure. The first contact structure, the second contact structure and the plurality of sensor elements form a rolled-up structure that extends like a jacket along a surface of the sensor arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: WITTENSTEIN SE
    Inventors: Sebastian Matich, Walter Albrecht
  • Patent number: 11435251
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls an array-type sensor. The control apparatus includes: a first selector/driver that is configured to select and drive one of a plurality of first lines; a second selector/driver that is configured to select and drive at least one of a plurality of second lines; a read/arithmetic circuit that is configured to read outputs of respective unit cells and perform a correction operation on the outputs; and a nonvolatile storage device that is configured to store reference data. The sensor outputs of the respective unit cells with respect to two or more reference inputs are stored as reference data in the nonvolatile storage device in a calibration mode, and a correction operation is performed on the sensor outputs of the respective unit cells using the stored reference data and results of the correction operation are output in a measurement mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Numata, Hiroyuki Endoh
  • Patent number: 11435248
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring resistance over an array. The array includes at least three electrodes. Nodes at each intersection between input electrodes and output electrodes have variable resistance. A driving voltage is applied to a selected input electrode and an output current is received at a selected output electrode. A selected node is at the intersection of the two selected electrodes and includes an electrical component with a resistive property. Remaining electrodes are connected with a ground for isolating the selected node from the effects of changes in impedance of the remaining nodes. The driving voltage is converted to an output current by resistance at the selected node. The output current is converted to an output voltage with a current-to-voltage converter circuit for measuring the resistance of the electrical component. The nodes may be measured as the selected node in sequential or non-sequential patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: ORPYX MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: David Allan Viberg, Michael Todd Purdy, Travis Michael Stevens
  • Patent number: 11435171
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device for determining the force necessary for the separation of a bullet from an ammunition cartridge comprising a chamber housing having central bore extending from a lower housing end to an upper housing end and terminating at a upper aperture, wherein the central bore comprises a chamber diameter adapted to accept an ammunition cartridge and that the bullet partially extends from the upper aperture; a frustaconical shape shoulder in the central bore at the upper housing end to reduce the chamber diameter to mate to an ammunition cartridge shoulder; a neck that connects the upper aperture to the frustaconical shape shoulder adapted to accept an ammunition cartridge neck; a cartridge retention lip within the upper aperture adapted to contact an ammunition cartridge bullet aperture; a chamber mount adapted to connect the chamber housing and a testing device; a bullet securing device comprising a bullet securing end to secure the bullet and a bullet securing device mount adapt
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Lonnie Burrow, Tucker Siuts
  • Patent number: 11435269
    Abstract: A testing system for evaluating the performance of an electrical/electronic UUT under dynamic operating conditions. The testing system includes a dynamic testing component (e.g., a centrifuge) for applying a stimulus to the UUT, and an iDAQ system configured to perform in situ data acquisition and real-time data analysis. The iDAQ system may also be subject to the stimulus. The iDAQ system includes a processor (e.g., an SoC) component, a power supply, a CR/I component, an IR component, and a single enclosure. The processor component may control the dynamic testing component, including varying in real-time the stimulus applied to the UUT. The processor component may include multiple input channels, and a high current/voltage subcomponent of the power supply may be configured to supply up to five hundred volts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL FEDERAL MANUFACTURINGS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad K. Benyhesan, Richard W. Spengemann, II
  • Patent number: 11422043
    Abstract: A pressure sensor 1 according to the first aspect of the invention includes: a substrate 50; and a functional element 40 which is laid on the substrate 50 and is composed of functional titanium oxide including crystal grains of at least one of ?-phase trititanium pentoxide (?-Ti3O5) and ?-phase trititanium pentoxide (?-Ti3O5) and having the property that at least a portion of crystal grains of at least one of ?-phase trititanium pentoxide (?-Ti3O5) and ?-phase trititanium pentoxide (?-Ti3O5) change into crystal grains of titanium dioxide (TiO2) when the functional titanium oxide is heated to 350° C. or higher. The substrate 50 includes a substrate thin-film section 51 having a thin film form in which the thickness in the stacking direction of the substrate 50 and the functional element 40 is smaller than that in the other directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Nakamura, Tsutomu Furuta, Hiroyoshi Yoden, Mitsuo Yaguchi, Takeshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 11415472
    Abstract: A sensor circuit architecture includes a Wheatstone bridge-type sensing element that includes a plurality of resistors and a plurality of equivalent compensation networks. Each of the plurality of resistors includes one of the plurality of equivalent compensation networks. Each of the plurality of equivalent compensation networks includes at least one digital resistive compensation network configured to provide at least one of the following: variable resistance, digitally controlled variable resistance, digitally controlled resistance, and/or digitally set resistance. The sensor circuit architecture is configured with the at least one digital resistive compensation network to implement at least one of the following: a desired scale of output, a desired offset compensation, and/or a desired temperature compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: HARCOSEMCO LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Croce, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11408786
    Abstract: A torque sensor which can detect a torque with high accuracy is provided. First structure and second structure are connected by a plurality of third structures. First and second strain sensors are connected between the first structure and the second structure. Each of the first and second strain sensors includes a strain body connected between the first structure and the second structure and a plurality of sensor elements provided on the strain body. The sensor elements are disposed in a region of one side of each of the first structure and the second structure with respect to a longitudinal central portion of the strain body, and the region on the one side is a region where there is only a little difference in strain between along a torque direction of the strain body and a torque-excepted direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Endo
  • Patent number: 11408808
    Abstract: An intelligent rolling contact fatigue testing system and testing method therefor, including a main testing system (3), a loading system (4) and a subsidiary testing system (7), and further including a testing device, wherein the testing device includes a light source (S3), a CCD camera (S5) and a monitoring assistance device (S2), and during testing, a roller test specimen (306) and an subsidiary testing piece (706) are provided in the monitoring assistance device (S2) after being rolled in contact with each other for a certain time, and the roller test specimen (306) and the rotating brush (S210) are rotated simultaneously in a state in which the lubricating oil is sprayed, and the CCD camera (S5) dynamically collects the surface image of the roller test specimen (306), and then performing quantization evaluation on a fatigue failure state by image preprocessing, image processing and image post-processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignees: CHONGQING HAO HAN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LIMITED, CHONGQING UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yan Yang, Hongbin Xu, Hui Li, Jianjun Hu, Yu Liu, Changhui Yang, Gang Zhu, Yi Wang, Juke Liang
  • Patent number: 11402284
    Abstract: A toe dynamometer is configured to accurately and precisely measure toe extensor strength. The toe dynamometer includes a platform configured to accommodate a patient's foot, and a sensor assembly comprising a force sensor and a toe cap connected to the force sensor. The force sensor is configured to measure forces applied to the force sensor by toe flexion on the force sensor and from toe extension away on the force sensor through the toe cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
    Inventors: Hongwu Wang, Elizabeth Hile, Mustafa Ghazi
  • Patent number: 11395605
    Abstract: An impact control system includes a supporting structure with gravity compensation mechanism, and a supporting bed which is supported by the supporting structure and supports an impact target. Here, the supporting structure includes an elastic element, a vertical support to which one end of the elastic element is fixed, a horizontal support to which the other end of the elastic element is fixed, and which is rotatable around a rotation axis disposed at one end of the horizontal support meeting an end of the vertical support, and a weight support part which is connected to the other end of the horizontal support and supports the supporting bed while contacting a lower surface of the supporting bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Sungwook Yang, Eui Sung Yoon, Hoon Ryu, Hyeonjoo Im
  • Patent number: 11391636
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device and a method for fabricating the same. The display device includes a display area, a bending area, one or more strain sensors disposed on the bending area and configured to detect one or more characteristic parameters of the bending area when the bending area is bent, and a control module connected to the one or more strain sensors and configured to obtain a deformation parameter of a film layer to be detected in the bending area according to the one or more characteristic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jiaqing He, Hao Peng