Patents Examined by Michael P. Stafira
  • Patent number: 10314555
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base. The base includes a first mount configured to receive a first device. First and second guides overlap each other, are each pivotally coupled with the base, and each include an arcuate body. The chassis is received by the first guide and the second guide so as to be configured for sliding along the first guide and the second guide. The chassis includes a second mount for receiving a second device for movement of the second device between a first set of points defining a reference spherical cap relative to the base. A member may be provided between the chassis and an actuator operable to move among a set of points defining a reference plane so as to cause movement of the chassis among another set of points defining a reference spherical cap about the first mount for the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lyle Woods, Jon Joseph Varteresian, Andrew Waddell Boone
  • Patent number: 10317339
    Abstract: A fluid characterization measuring instrument is disclosed that comprises a sample vessel for a bulk complex sample fluid having a capacity that is substantially larger than a domain size of the complex sample fluid and that is sufficiently large to cause bulk scattering effects to substantially exceed surface effects for the complex fluid sample, a coherent light source positioned to illuminate the bulk complex sample fluid in the sample vessel and a first fibre having a first end positioned to receive backscattered light from the sample after it has interacted with the sample. The first fibre can also be positioned close enough to an optical axis of the coherent light source and to the sample vessel to substantially decrease a contribution of multiply scattered light in the backscattered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Malvern Panalytical Limited
    Inventors: Samiul Amin, Carlos Alberto Rega
  • Patent number: 10309898
    Abstract: A particle detection system including; at least one light source adapted to illuminate a volume being monitored at at least two wavelengths; a receiver having a field of view and being adapted to receive light from at least one light source after said light has traversed the volume being monitored and being adapted to generate signals indicative of the intensity of light received at regions within the field of view of the receiver; a processor associated with the receiver adapted to process the signals generated by the receiver to correlate light received at at least two wavelengths in corresponding regions within the field of view of the receiver and generate an output indicative of the relative level of light received at the two wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Garrett Thermal Systems Limited
    Inventors: Ronald Knox, Kate Cooper, Kemal Ajay
  • Patent number: 10302547
    Abstract: A particle sensing device is provided. The particle sensing device may include a light emitter configured to emit and output light into a light scattering space, and a light receiver provided in a maximum light scattering angle region. A maximum intensity of scattered light formed when the light emitted from the light emitter is scattered by a particle in the light scattering space may be obtained in the maximum light scattering angle region, and the light receiver may be configured to receive the scattered light incident thereon and generate a photocurrent signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Min Lee, Dong Mug Seong, Eun Jung Jeon
  • Patent number: 10302749
    Abstract: One example method involves obtaining a plurality of images using a camera located at a given position relative to a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device. A first image of the plurality may be obtained while a first aperture is interposed between the camera and the LIDAR device. A second image of the plurality may be obtained while a second aperture is interposed between the camera and the LIDAR device. The method also involves determining one or more alignment offsets between a transmitter of the LIDAR device and a receiver of the LIDAR device based on the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Droz, David Neil Hutchison, Luke Wachter, Alexander McCauley
  • Patent number: 10302575
    Abstract: An inspection system and method to inspect for defects in molding, contamination, scratches, damage and any form of deformation in intraocular lens comprising three main building blocks; a Top illumination light head that includes a Top lens light head and a Top flat light head; a Dark field illumination light head, a Bright field illumination light head; a Single spot illumination light head; a image acquisition and processing system which captures images of the lens loaded in trays; analyzing the image to detect the various defects; making a conclusion to reject or accept the lens, based on the analyzed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: EMAGE VISION PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Sergey Smorgon
  • Patent number: 10302545
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include methods and systems for determining drop delay of a flow stream in a flow cytometer. Methods according to certain embodiments include obtaining a first frequency (f1) of drop perturbation of a flow stream subjected to an oscillating vibration, capturing one or more images of the flow stream in a detection field, obtaining a second frequency (f2) of drop perturbation of the flow stream based on one or more of the captured images and determining the drop delay of the flow stream based on the first frequency and the second frequency. Systems for practicing the subject methods having an imaging sensor for capturing one or more images of the flow stream and a processor configured to calculate drop delay using one or more of the captured images are also provided. Non-transitory computer readable storage mediums are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew J. Crow, Daniel Horner
  • Patent number: 10281404
    Abstract: A SERS unit 1A comprises a SERS element 2 having a substrate and an optical function part 20 formed on the substrate, the optical function part 20 for generating surface-enhanced Raman scattering; a measurement board 3 supporting the SERS element 2 upon measurement; and a holding part 4 mechanically holding the SERS element 2 in the measurement board 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi Ito, Katsumi Shibayama, Kazuto Ofuji, Hiroki Oyama, Yoshihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10281377
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sample loading apparatus for laser ablation, including a target seat, a base, an air channel, an aerosol channel and a sample chamber, wherein a shrinking mouth is formed in the top of the sample chamber and positioned on a lower surface of the aerosol channel; a spring is arranged in the sample chamber; an opening is formed in a lower surface of the sample chamber and communicated with an air outlet; a stop valve is arranged at the air outlet; one end of the aerosol channel is communicated with a carrier gas inlet, and the other end is communicated with an aerosol outlet; and a top of the aerosol channel includes a first transparent material. The present invention increases stable reliability in a continuous use process, and improves consistency of aerosol transmission efficiency, so that different samples are analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Northwest University
    Inventors: Honglin Yuan, Kaiyun Chen, Zhian Bao
  • Patent number: 10281393
    Abstract: Various turbidimeters are described that can detect light directly in a substantially circular, e.g., encompassing, manner such that an increased amount of scattered light from a sample vial may be detected by a light detector, e.g., a photodiode or photodiode array. In an embodiment, a substantially circular photodiode array is provided to directly detect scattered light in an arc about the sample vial. In other embodiments, light guides are provided in an arc element that guides light to a detector or detectors. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HACH COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Edward Leggett, Wayne Boris Perdue, Andreas Mitreiter
  • Patent number: 10274419
    Abstract: A container (1) has a measuring-cell housing (5) that protrudes into the container interior (2). The measuring-cell housing (5) has a measuring gap (6) bounded by two opposed spaced-apart lateral surfaces (8, 9), and a connecting surface (10) connects the lateral surfaces (8, 9). Each lateral surface (8, 9) has an optical window (11, 12). A first optical fiber (15, 15?) is arranged before the first window (11) and a second optical fiber (17, 17?) is arranged before the second window (12). Receiving channels (14, 16, 18) are arranged before the windows (11, 12, 13) and subsequently can be fit with the optical fibers (15, 15?, 17, 17?, 19) from the outside. The measuring-cell housing (5) having the windows (11, 12, 13) and the receiving channels (14, 16, 18) is connected fixedly to the wall (3) of the container interior (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Marek Hoehse, Christian Grimm
  • Patent number: 10274395
    Abstract: A semiconductor device may include a semiconductor wafer, and a reference circuit carried by the semiconductor wafer. The reference circuit may include optical DUTs, a first set of photodetectors coupled to outputs of the optical DUTs, an optical splitter coupled to inputs of the optical DUTs, and a second set of photodetectors coupled to the optical splitter. The optical splitter is to be coupled to an optical source and configured to transmit a reference optical signal to the first set of photodetectors via the optical DUTs and the second set of photodetectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Carpentier, Patrick Le Maitre, Jean-Robert Manouvrier, Charles Baudot, Bertrand Borot
  • Patent number: 10258743
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to devices, systems and methods for measuring the dose remaining in a drug delivery device that is used for delivering a dose to a patient. In some embodiments, a dose measurement system for measuring the liquid volume in a container includes a plurality of light sources which are disposed and configured to emit electromagnetic radiation toward the container. A plurality of sensors are located in the apparatus that are optically coupleable to the plurality of light sources and are disposed and configured to detect the electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least a portion of the light sources. The apparatus also includes a processing unit configured to receive data representing the portion of the detected electromagnetic radiation from each of the plurality of sensors. The processing unit is further operable to convert the received data into a signature representative of the electromagnetic radiation detected by the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Common Sensing Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Whalley, James White
  • Patent number: 10261029
    Abstract: A container inspection device and a container inspection method for inspecting containers are provided. The container inspection device comprises at least one light fixture for illuminating containers at a predetermined inspection instant of time for inspecting the containers, and an electrical line for connecting the at least one light fixture to an electrical energy supply and to a bus system, so that the electrical line serves both to supply the at least one light fixture with electrical energy and to connect with a real time data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christof Will, Anton Niedermeier, Karl Aichinger, Reinhard Klinger, Stefan Piana
  • Patent number: 10260033
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for the collection of light scattered from a liquid sample contained within a multiwell plate for which evaporation from the wells is mitigated by the application of a barrier between the liquid sample and the environment. A vertical thermal gradient is applied across the vessel so that condensation is inhibited from forming on the interior surface of the barrier, thus permitting clear illumination of the sample for visual imaging, fluorescence studies and light scattering detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Steven P. Trainoff, Shiva Ramini
  • Patent number: 10252392
    Abstract: A system for duplicating a master key includes a mechanism for receiving and positioning a master key. The master key defines a major key axis and an intermediate key axis along which a key blade variably extends, and a minor key axis along a key thickness. Optical path components direct a light beam along the minor key axis. The light beam impinges upon the key blade. A portion of the light beam traverses the key blade. A detector receives the portion of the light beam that traverses the key blade. An apparatus imparts relative motion along the major key axis between the light beam and the master key. The light beam scans along the major key axis of the master key. A processor receives a signal from the detector as the beam scans along the major key axis and generates information usable for defining the machining of a duplicate key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Hillman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L Gardner, Bradford Shayne Cooley, David Kortbawi
  • Patent number: 10245384
    Abstract: An optical decoding system including an optical sensor integral with or attachable to a housing of a drug delivery device and configured to be directed at first and second rotatable components of a dose setting and dispensing mechanism of the drug delivery device and a processor configured to: (i) cause the optical sensor to capture images of the first and second rotatable components at least at the beginning and end of a medicament dose dispensing process; (ii) determine a rotational position of both the first and second rotatable components in each of the captured images; and (iii) determine from the rotational positions of the first and second rotatable components an amount of medicament delivered by the dose setting and dispensing mechanism of the drug delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Ploch
  • Patent number: 10245115
    Abstract: A hinged tool includes a first member; a second member pivotally connected to the first member at a pivot; and an optical fiber. The optical fiber is fixed to the first member at a load application region and fixed to at least one of the pivot and the second member at a location such that the optical fiber bends when the first member and the second member are pivoted with respect to one another. A method of using a hinged tool includes measuring fiber strain in an optical fiber fixed to the hinged tool, and determining at least one of tool strain applied to the hinged tool and a degree of pivoting of the hinged tool using the fiber strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Froggatt, Eric Sanborn, Alexander K. Sang, Matthew S. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10247542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handheld measuring aid for use in a system having a station for determining the position and orientation of the measuring aid, the handheld measuring aid for surveying an object surface. The measuring aid has a body and visual markings disposed in a defined spatial relationship, forming a pattern, on the body in a marking region. In addition, the measuring aid has a connection for receiving a measuring, inspection or processing tool, wherein the connection has a joint, such that the tool is pivotable or rotatable in at least one direction. Furthermore, the connection or tool has a position encoder for determining the rotational position of the joint or tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Lettau
  • Patent number: 10244768
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for processing slaughtered poultry that is conveyed in a slaughter line of a slaughter house, in order to establish at the start of said slaughter line whether the poultry was alive or dead on arrival at the slaughter house. Such can include the detection of a body parameter of the slaughtered poultry when the poultry is suspended by the legs in the slaughter line after stunning said poultry, and wherein an absorption spectrum of blood of the slaughtered poultry is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Aloysius Christianus Maria Van Steijn, Hans Peter Hoste, Daniƫl Derksen