Patents Examined by Minh Phan
  • Patent number: 9846130
    Abstract: A test device for testing an electrical property of a chamber component, such as a ceramic ring, includes an outer conductor and an inner conductor disposed within and electrically isolated from the outer conductor. The outer conductor has a base, a top, and an interior sidewall disposed between the base and the top. The inner conductor has a top portion having a first diameter and a bottom portion having a second diameter, in which the second diameter is greater than the first diameter. A sample area is defined between the base of the outer conductor and the bottom portion of the inner conductor, and is configured to receive a chamber component. The electrical property of the chamber component is measurable based on application of a signal to at least one of the outer conductor or the inner conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Satoru Kobayashi, Yufei Zhu, Saurabh Garg, Soonam Park, Dmitry Lubomirsky
  • Patent number: 9846089
    Abstract: There is provided a calorimeter. Heat flows in and out of the sample via a thermoelectric module. The thermoelectric module is so constituted that a pair of a P-type thermoelectric element and an N-type thermoelectric element is disposed between substrates, and the pair of the thermoelectric elements are connected in n pairs so that the P-type thermoelectric elements and the N-type thermoelectric element are arranged alternately in ?-shape; a calorimetric sensitivity of the thermoelectric module of a thermal conductance surrounding thermoelectric module and a thermal conductance between substrates of the thermoelectric modules and a noise based on an electric resistance of the thermoelectric module depend on an L/A ratio of the thermoelectric element constituting the thermoelectric module and the number n of the pairs of the thermoelectric elements, where the L/A ratio is 6 mm?1 or more, and the number n of the pairs is 4 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Haruhiko Yao
  • Patent number: 9826928
    Abstract: There are provided an apparatus and method for measuring thermal conductivity capable of easily and accurately obtaining an extent of thermal damage of a targeted tissue. The apparatus for measuring thermal conductivity in burns includes a thermal paper stacking member having a plurality of sheets of thermal paper stacked thereon to form layers, and a pressing member configured to press the stacking member so that the thermal paper is stacked and maintained in a closely adhered state. Here, an extent of thermal damage of the targeted tissue according to the depth can be calculated as an extent of thermal damage of the stacking member according to the depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Catholic University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Jun Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9829387
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method of operating a measurement circuit includes biasing a sense transistor to conduct current through a first conduction channel in a first direction during a first mode, injecting a measurement current into a body diode of the sense transistor during a second mode, measuring a first voltage across the sense transistor when the measurement current is injected, and determining a temperature of the sense transistor based on the first voltage. When the measurement current is injected, it is injected in a second direction opposite the first direction. The sense transistor is integrated in a semiconductor body with a load transistor having a second conduction channel, and the first conduction channel and the second conduction channel are coupled to an input node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Furtner
  • Patent number: 9816873
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for measuring a temperature of air within a container or other enclosure containing temperature controlled items or other product. The system includes a temperature sensor having a thermocouple within a shaft, and a fan for drawing air from within the container through the shaft and past a junction of the thermocouple. The temperature sensor further includes a control unit for correlating a voltage from the thermocouple to a temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: James F. Thompson, Frederic R. Weeth
  • Patent number: 9817366
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a charging section configured to charge a surface of an image bearing member; an air-intake duct having an air-supply port, and configured to guide air sucked from an outside to the charging section through the air-supply port; an exhaust duct having an air-intake port, and configured to suck air around the charging section through the air-intake port and eject the air thus sucked. The air-intake duct has a configuration in which air guided to the charging section through the air-supply port flows in a direction orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the charging section, or flows toward a center of the charging section in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Keiki Katsumata, Yuichi Omori
  • Patent number: 9816865
    Abstract: A temperature sensing device includes a probe unit on a first end and a sensor unit on a second end opposite the first end. The first end is introduced into an environment to be measured, such as an exhaust gas line from a combustion engine, and the second end is positioned in a region outside of the environment such that the sensor unit is at least partially insulated from a temperature of the environment. The probe unit, exposed to the temperature of the environment, achieves a temperature that corresponds to the temperature of the environment. The sensor unit is operable to sense the temperature of the probe unit and generate a corresponding electrical signal usable to determine a sensed temperature of the environment. The temperature of the environment can be determined on a cycle-by-cycle basis, and is usable for implementing advanced combustion strategies such as HCCI and SACI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ando Feyh, Gary O'Brien, Joel Oudart, Nikhil Ravi
  • Patent number: 9804038
    Abstract: A laser power meter according to the invention is configured to have a power damper including a laser receiving body that receives a laser beam on an inner surface thereof and converts laser power into heat, a case that forms a channel between the case and an outer surface of the laser receiving body, a heat insulation member between the laser receiving body and the case, and temperature measurement means for measuring a heat quantity absorbed by the laser receiving body; and conversion means for converting a signal of the temperature measurement means into an output value for a laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko Hasegawa, Yasunari Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9797786
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for calibrating the temperature of a fiber-optic temperature sensor, with which an optical fiber (10) of a fiber-optic temperature sensor is to be provided. The device (100) comprises a device body (101) having a passage (109) through which the optical fiber (10) is to pass, and a means for transferring heat energy. The device (100) further comprises at least one portion (160a), referred to as a first fixed point, which is made from a first material having at least a first predefined temperature at which the state thereof changes. The first fixed point (160a) is thermally connected to the optical fiber (10) when the optical fiber (10) is provided with the device (100). The heat-transferring means is arranged in the device body (101) such that, during the actuation thereof, the heat-transferring means exchanges heat energy with the first fixed point (160a) so as to cause a change in the state thereof at the first predefined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS, LABORATOIRE NATIONAL DE METROLOGIE ET D'ESSAIS
    Inventors: Johan Bertrand, Jean-Philippe Dubois, Ronan Morice, Patrick Sollet, Alain Lesauvage
  • Patent number: 9785113
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an optical system unit and an attachment board. The optical system unit forms an electrostatic latent image by irradiating an image bearing member with light. The optical system unit is attached to the attachment board. The attachment board includes a mounting surface, a first recess portion, and a second recess portion. The optical system unit is mounted on the mounting surface. The first recess portion and the second recess portion are provided in the mounting surface to form air paths. The first recess portion is located below a lower surface of the optical system unit, extending in a first direction. The second recess portion is located below the lower surface of the optical system unit, extending in a direction different from the first direction and crossing the first recess portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mashio Takezawa
  • Patent number: 9785035
    Abstract: In one embodiment of an enclosure device, a camera casing and light source casing are secured to a plate frame, and the enclosure device is configured to be mounted to an arm, such as a robotic welding arm. A shutter mounting arm may also be secured to the plate frame. A flap may be pivotally mounted to the distal end of the shutter mounting arm, such that the flap may be actuated between a first and second position by an actuator cooperatively engaged with the flap. The first position may be defined as to protect a camera lens positioned in the camera casing and a light source lens positioned in the light source casing. The second position may be defined as to not obscure a line-of-sight from either the light source and/or the camera to the work piece on the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad J. Goddard, Mark A. Hann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9778318
    Abstract: A monitoring latch assembly structured to monitor circuit breaker assembly operating mechanism component characteristics is provided. The monitoring latch assembly includes a latch member and a sensor assembly. The latch member includes a body. The latch member body defines a pocket. The sensor assembly is disposed in the latch member body pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jiong Chen, Li Yu, Fangji Wu, Binhui Mao, Steven Zhenghong Chen, Jingxuan Liu
  • Patent number: 9772596
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus in which an electrostatic image is formed on an electrophotographic photosensitive member using at least a process of a pseudo halftone formed by dots as a method of representing gradation, the electrophotographic photosensitive member is provided on a surface thereof with a plurality of recessed portions of 0.5 ?m more and 5 ?m or less in depth and 20 ?m or more and 80 ?m or less in longest diameter of an opening, when a square region of 500 ?m×500 ?m is arbitrarily extracted on the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, in the square region, a total area of the recessed portions is 10000 ?m2 or more and 90000 ?m2 or less and a total area of a flat portion contained in a portion other than the recessed portion is 80000 ?m2 or more and 240000 ?m2 or less, and an arrangement (A) of the plurality of recessed portions is such an arrangement that an image quality lowering index (f) calculated by specific processing is 14% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Mitsui, Tomohisa Itagaki, Koji Takahashi, Hiroki Uematsu, Yasuhiro Kawai, Tsutomu Nishida, Hideki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9766137
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a main circuit part of a vacuum circuit breaker, and more particularly, to a main circuit part of a vacuum circuit breaker with a temperature sensor. The main circuit part of a vacuum circuit breaker with a self-powered temperature sensor assembly includes: a self-powered temperature sensor module; and a support bracket enclosing and supporting the self-powered temperature sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Jin Park, Min Kyu Seo
  • Patent number: 9766292
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnostic for a MOSFET switch element in a rechargeable battery pack for determining a short circuit abnormality (fusion) in a MOSFET switch element that causes a charge current to flow in. An on/off controller turns off a MOSFET causing a charge current to flow into a battery module, a start-of-charge instruction unit transmits to a charger an instruction signal to start a charging operation, and a short circuit abnormality diagnostic unit determines, based on a current sensor output, whether current is flowing through the MOSFET due to the charging operation to diagnose a short circuit abnormality in the MOSFET. After diagnosis of the MOSFET, a diagnosis of a short circuit abnormality in a MOSFET that causes a discharge current to flow out of the battery module is performed, and then a diagnosis of a short circuit abnormality in a charge relay is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Shinji Hirose, Mamoru Kuraishi, Tomoyuki Ito, Kazuhiro Niimura, Kenji Nishigaki, Junichi Hatano, Satoshi Yamamoto, Yusuke Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 9759986
    Abstract: In one embodiment of an enclosure device, a camera casing and light source casing are secured to a plate frame, and the enclosure device is configured to be mounted to an arm, such as a robotic welding arm. A shutter mounting arm may also be secured to the plate frame. A flap may be pivotally mounted to the distal end of the shutter mounting arm, such that the flap may be actuated between a first and second position by an actuator cooperatively engaged with the flap. The first position may be defined as to protect a camera lens positioned in the camera casing and a light source lens positioned in the light source casing. The second position may be defined as to not obscure a line-of-sight from either the light source and/or the camera to the work piece on the arm. A light source casing may be sandwiched between two side plates that are generally configured as mirror images of one another. The light source casing housing a light source may be configured as a laser designed to measure distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad J. Goddard, Mark A. Hann
  • Patent number: 9762802
    Abstract: An image blurring correction apparatus includes a correction member for correcting image blur, and a shake detection unit for detecting the shake of the apparatus and outputting a shake signal. The image blurring correction apparatus generates first shake amount data based on the shake signal, and generates second shake amount data, based on the shake signal, with which a higher shake correction effect than that of the first shake amount data can be obtained. The image blurring correction apparatus selects either the first or the second shake amount data based on the shake signal, and calculates a shake correction amount that is a moving amount of the correction member using the selected shake amount data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shimpei Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9753410
    Abstract: A developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier by using developer includes a developing bias output unit configured to output a developing bias generated by superimposing an AC bias on a DC bias, a developing sleeve supplied with the developing bias output from the developing bias output unit, and a prevention bias generator unit configured to generate a prevention bias by holding a peak value of the developing bias of the superimposed AC bias and DC bias, with the prevention bias suppressing scattering of developer carried by the developing sleeve. In addition, an electrode is disposed at a position opposing the developing sleeve and configured to output the prevention bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Uehara
  • Patent number: 9733130
    Abstract: A temperature sensor belt includes at least one temperature sensor. The at least one temperature sensor is configured to provide an indication representative of a temperature of a workpiece. The temperature sensor belt also includes a support material disposed over the at least one temperature sensor. The support material is configured to support the at least one temperature sensor on the sensor belt. The temperature sensor belt also includes an insulative material at least partially surrounding the at least one temperature sensor. The insulative material is configured to thermally insulate the at least one temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jack Robert Blundell, Paul David Verhagen, Adolph G. Galinski, Anders Olof Rostlund, Christopher J. Nelli, Scott Stephen Liebert, Kevin John Mlnarik
  • Patent number: 9735452
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for monitoring a breakdown of a battery system component are provided to more accurately determine whether a cooling fan for cooling a battery of an environment-friendly vehicle or a part related to the cooling fan fails. The method for monitoring a breakdown of a battery system component compulsorily driving, by a controller, the cooling fan and measuring the current temperature of the battery when the battery management system fails to receive a pulse width modulation PWM signal that represents an operation state of the cooling fan and a feedback signal (PFM) of the cooling fan from a cooling fan controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motor Company
    Inventor: Kyung In Min