Patents Examined by Michael E. Butler
  • Patent number: 11185868
    Abstract: A gold pan and method of panning. A concave pan with lip and an array of curved ribs with linear central regions coupled to and extending above and forward from lip, each rib including a cavity oriented to be orthogonal to the concavity of the pan to trap material flowing thereover. The lip has a front region with a greater radius of curvature than a radius of curvature of a back region. There are a plurality of finishing fins extending into an interior of the concave pan from a back wall or side wall thereof. Panning is performed by disposing particulate material within a provided pan; flowing material over the ribs; flowing material over a plurality of finishing fins; collecting particulate material in a corner of a flat bottom; tipping the pan; and tapping a side thereof to separate heavies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Klinton D. Washburn
  • Patent number: 11170590
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for vehicle inspection and passenger tracking. In one aspect, a portable vehicle data input device includes an electronic display and a data processor coupled to the display and containing instructions configured to cause the device to: display information related to inspection of different portions of a vehicle, receive driver input indicating completion of vehicle inspection tasks, display information related to a plurality of passengers associated with the vehicle, receive input identifying specific passengers as the specific passengers board or exit the vehicle, and update a roster of passengers in response to receiving the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Secured Mobility, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Laranang, Brett Christian Taylor, Ricardo Sevilla Lopez, Emmanuel Enrique Lopez
  • Patent number: 11104231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for maintaining battery cycle life for battery-powered electric vehicles. Current battery-powered electric vehicles such as automobiles and trucks suffer from short cycle lifes of their batteries, meaning that these vehicles' batteries will become unusable well before the normal useful life of combustion engine powered vehicles. Owners of vehicles using my system will enjoy vehicles with acceptable ranges, acquisition and operating costs, yet will enjoy battery lifes as long or as longer than the useful life of combustion engine vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Lynn Froelich
  • Patent number: 11104512
    Abstract: A waste sorting system uses various sensors to automatically determine a type of a piece of waste, and dispense the waste into an appropriate waste bin, such as a recyclable waste bin, or a landfill waste bin. If the system determines that the piece of waste is of a type that is recyclable, it will first determine whether the waste satisfies a recyclability threshold before it deposits the waste into a recyclable waste bin. If the waste does not satisfy the recyclability threshold, the system will direct the piece of waste to a non-recyclable waste bin even if it is of a type that would otherwise be recyclable if it had met the recyclability threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Vaishnavi Krishnamurthy, Puru Rastogi, Graeme Austin Rock, Koushil Sreenath, Charles Arthur Yhap, Tanner Cook, Jayant Sharma
  • Patent number: 11084064
    Abstract: An automated object sorting system is provided. In various embodiments, the automated object sorting system includes an automated object extraction assembly and an automated object collection assembly. The automated object extraction assembly extracts one or more objects from an object sorting tray based on one or more attributes and/or traits of interest. The automated collection assembly selectively deposits the extracted objects in selected collection receptacles according to the particular attributes and/or traits of each respective object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Deppermann
  • Patent number: 11065965
    Abstract: A method and system for configuring regenerative braking energy recovery devices in urban rail transit provided by the present application, successively including the following steps: calculating a preliminarily configured capacity Pn of a regenerative braking energy recovery device predetermined for the traction substation n, then obtaining an optimally configured capacity Qn of the regenerative braking energy recovery devices; further, configuring the total number of the regenerative braking energy recovery devices; finally, configuring the type of the regenerative braking energy recovery devices. By reasonably configure the capacity and number of regenerative braking energy recovery devices in traction substations, the configuring method of the present application allows the regenerative braking energy generated by a train during braking to be completely absorbed, thus reduce the energy consumption of braking resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Yawei Zhang, Guohong Zhang, Luzhou Liu, Tong Wang, Xiaohui Ren, Yandong Zhang, Kun Wang, Pengfei Duan, Xianding Yang, Wei Liu, Yang Yang
  • Patent number: 11030559
    Abstract: A method for maintaining a supply of available aircraft equipped with non-engine drive means for autonomous ground movement is provided that enables an air carrier, particularly a low cost carrier, to operate reliably, efficiently, and economically to provide substantially uninterrupted air transport service. The present method is designed to enable airlines with fleets of older aircraft retrofitted with non-engine drive means for autonomous ground movement to operate economically and efficiently through a cooperative arrangement with a maintenance, repair, and overhaul provider that maintains and ensures an available supply network of spare and backup aircraft. The supply network may be global in geographic scope and may provide spare or backup aircraft equipped with non-engine drive means to one or more airlines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph J. Cox, Rodney T. Cox, Isaiah W. Cox
  • Patent number: 11020769
    Abstract: A nut sorter includes a support frame with a rotatable cage connected thereto. The rotatable cage is comprised of support rings with a plurality of longitudinally extending rods connected thereto. The outer periphery of the longitudinally extending rods extends inwardly into a center space defined by the inner diameter of the support rings. The nut sorter also has a plurality of scrapers utilized to dislodge stuck debris and nuts as the cage rotates under the scrapers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Savage Equipment Incorporated
    Inventor: Basil W. Savage
  • Patent number: 10969346
    Abstract: An X-ray product quality automatic inspection device of the present invention comprises: a distributed X-ray source having a plurality of targets and being able to generate X-rays for irradiating an inspected product from the plurality of targets in a predetermined sequence; a detector for receiving the X-rays generated by the distributed X-ray source and outputting a signal representing characteristics of the received X-rays; a transport device for carrying the inspected product to pass through an X-ray radiation region; and a power supply and control device, which is used to supply power to and control the X-ray product quality automatic inspection device, to form characteristic information of the inspected product according to the signal from the detector and to provides an inspection and analysis result of the inspected product according to the characteristic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Huaping Tang, Zhiqiang Chen, Yuanjing Li, Zhuoyan Liu, Yonggang Wang, Zhanfeng Qin
  • Patent number: 10950098
    Abstract: A cash processing apparatus comprises a housing provided with a depositing and dispensing section; a display section; a coin insertion section at a position at one side of a central part in a width direction of the housing and into which the coin is inserted; a coin placing section in the housing and having a coin placing surface for temporarily placing the coin, connecting to the coin insertion section side by side and extend to an opposite side across the central part in the width direction of the housing from the coin insertion section to form a shape elongated in the width direction; and a settlement module, wherein both a distance between the coin insertion section and one side end of the housing which is closest to the coin insertion section and a distance between the coin placing section and the other side end of the housing which is closest to the coin placing section are smaller than a depth distance of the coin placing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Akiko Susaki, Norifumi Shishido
  • Patent number: 10926296
    Abstract: A passive food screen device (1) for flour in a delivery flow comprising: a housing (2) with a housing inlet (3) and a housing outlet (4); a closed screen insert (5) arranged substantially within the housing (2) such that a spatial area (6) is formed between the inner wall (7) of the housing (2) and the outer wall (8) of the screen insert (5) and screen elements (9) of the screen insert (5) are arranged substantially parallel to the main conveying direction (F); and a hose coupling (10) on the housing inlet (3) and/or on the housing outlet (4). The food screen device allows a high delivery capacity, and, by virtue of its narrow design, can be carried on a silo vehicle and used as a control screen when delivering flour. The food screen device (1) is designed such that the flour can be moved in an air delivery stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BÜHLER AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Moosmann
  • Patent number: 10926294
    Abstract: Vibratory material classifiers are disclosed. Some embodiments include eccentric shaft assemblies having removable eccentric weights. Some embodiments include oil access and indicator conduit extending from the interior to the exterior of a classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jarrod Felton, Lafe Grimm
  • Patent number: 10843569
    Abstract: A vehicle in one exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a power control unit, a first control unit, and a second control unit. The first control unit further acquires collision prediction information indicating whether there is a possibility that the vehicle will collide and executes the discharge control if (i) the collision information is received, (ii) an abnormality occurs in the communication with the second control unit and, the collision prediction information indicates that there is a possibility that the vehicle will collide, or (iii) a voltage of an auxiliary power supply becomes lower than a threshold voltage and, the collision prediction information indicates that there is a possibility that the vehicle will collide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Toshio Ikeyama, Masanori Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10843685
    Abstract: A method and system for preventing a following vehicle from driving up on a vehicle driving directly in front. The following vehicle detects a behavior of the vehicle driving directly in front by sensor information and a behavior of at least one vehicle driving in front by vehicle-to-X information. The vehicle-to-x information requests an intervention in the steering of the following vehicle by a steering angle to be set and/or an intervention in the braking of the following vehicle by a deceleration to be set in order to prevent driving up on the vehicle, and wherein the steering angle and/or the deceleration requested by the vehicle-to-X information is greater than a steering angle and/or a requested deceleration requested by the sensor information and/or driver inputs. The intervention is only carried out if the steering angle and/or the deceleration is confirmed by sensor information and/or driver inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 10821838
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an obstacle detection unit that detects an obstacle in front of a vehicle and detects a distance to the obstacle, a maximum driving force difference calculation module that calculates, on the basis of the detected distance to the obstacle, a maximum driving force difference between a left wheel and a right wheel, and a redistribution control module that redistributes, when an actual driving force difference of respective motors that drive the left and right wheels exceeds the maximum driving force difference, torques of the respective motors in a manner that the actual driving force difference becomes lower than or equal to the maximum driving force difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ienaga
  • Patent number: 10807731
    Abstract: A motor mount assembly is provided for coupling a propeller motor to a body of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The motor mount assembly includes a floating portion and acts to attenuate frequencies of vibration from the propeller motor during operation, which modifies the corresponding noise that is produced and reduces stresses on the various components. The floating portion is surrounded on all sides by isolation portions (e.g., made of elastomers or other materials) that are held within a casing that attaches to the body of the UAV. In one implementation, the motor mount assembly is modular such that one or more of the isolation portions may be replaced with different isolation portions (e.g., having different attenuation properties), depending on the direction and nature of the vibrations from the propeller motor that are to be attenuated for a particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Matthew Lee Skeels
  • Patent number: 10787276
    Abstract: A method for policing and managing the operation of a flying, unmanned aircraft in the event of usurpation of control of, malfunction of, or ill-intentioned use of, this aircraft includes the steps of (a) detecting inappropriate operation of the aircraft; (b) transmitting a takeover command to the aircraft to interrupt control of the operation of this aircraft by a first pilot and relinquish control of the aircraft to a second pilot; and (c) transmitting control commands to the aircraft to control its operation by the second pilot, until the need for alternate pilot control of the aircraft has ended or until the aircraft has landed safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Matos
  • Patent number: 10787069
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain that includes a combustion engine (4) and a gearbox (2) with an input shaft (8) and an output shaft (20); a first planetary gear (10) connected to the input shaft (8); a second planetary gear (12) connected to the first planetary gear (10); a first electrical machine (14) connected to the first planetary gear (10); a second electrical machine (16) connected to the second planetary gear (12); at least one gear pair (G1, 60, 72) connected to the first planetary gear (10) and to the output shaft (20); and at least one gear pair (G2, 66, 78) connected to the second planetary gear (12) and to the output shaft (20), a countershaft (18) provided between the combustion engine (4) and the gearbox (2) so that the engine (4) can be disconnected from the gearbox (2). Also disclosed is a method for controlling the disclosed hybrid powertrain (3). Also a vehicle (1) includes such a gearbox (2), and a method to control such a gearbox (2). Also a computer program (P) to control a gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SCANIA CV AB
    Inventors: Mathias Björkman, Niklas Pettersson, Johan Lindström, Mikael Bergquist
  • Patent number: 10777436
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to expandable substrate inspection systems. The inspection system includes multiple metrology units adapted to inspect, detect, or measure one or more characteristics of a substrate, including thickness, resistivity, saw marks, geometry, stains, chips, micro cracks, and crystal fraction. The inspection systems may be utilized to identify defects on substrates and estimate cell efficiency prior to processing a substrate. Substrates may be transferred through the inspection system and/or between metrology units on a track or conveyor, and then sorted via at least one gripper coupled with the high speed rotatory sorting apparatus into respective bins based upon the inspection data. The rotary sorting apparatus maintains a sorting capability of at least 5,400 substrates per hour. Each bin may optionally have a gas support cushion for supporting the substrate as it falls from the rotary sorting apparatus into the respective bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus J. Stopper, Asaf Schlezinger
  • Patent number: 10753472
    Abstract: A control device that includes an electronic control unit that is configured to perform neutral travel control that controls the transmission apparatus to enter a neutral state in which power is not transferred during rotation of the wheel, wherein the electronic control unit performs switching between an engaged neutral state in which a particular engagement device of the plurality of engagement devices is put in an engagement state and the transmission apparatus is put in a state in which power is not transferred and a released neutral state in which all of the plurality of engagement devices are put in a released state and the transmission apparatus is put in the state in which power is not transferred, based on at least a vehicle speed during the neutral travel control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Kaifuku, Yuto Yuasa, Jyunichi Matoba, Masaru Katsuya, Kazuhiko Motodohi