Patents Examined by Mohammed Keramet-Amircola
  • Patent number: 9286779
    Abstract: A detector includes a component having a surface. The surface includes, or is at least partially coated with, a contaminant-resistant or self-cleaning material. This allows the detector to remain clean without manual cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: John E. A. Shaw, Timothy Andrew James
  • Patent number: 9186090
    Abstract: The present invention can provide a system and method for DLCO quality control testing and can include an apparatus for testing a pulmonary diagnostic device capable of performing single breath carbon monoxide uptake measurement, comprising: a single gas-tight chamber, with a gas port configured to receive gas from or to expel gas to the exterior of the chamber and a partition configured to change the volume of the single gas-tight chamber; the single gas-tight chamber capable of expanding and contracting; a member disposed within the single gas-tight chamber and configured to limit the movement of the partition, the member being adjustable to set a predetermined maximum volume of the single gas-tight chamber and a predetermined volume of DLCO test gas that the single gas-tight chamber can receive; and an interface configured for the transfer of gas between the pulmonary diagnostic device and the simulation device via the gas port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: nSpire Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmond Chu, Eric Norgard, William Chase Wallace
  • Patent number: 9170248
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an operating method for a gas sensor, in particular a gas sensor for detecting asthma. According to said method, nitrogen monoxide or nitrogen dioxide is detected in a measuring phase and the gas sensor is heated by a heating device in a desorption phase in order to accelerate desorption. The heating process is continued until the temporal alteration of the measuring signal of the gas sensor falls below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Fleischer, Karsten Hiltawsky, Erhard Magori, Roland Pohle, Oliver von Sicard
  • Patent number: 9157772
    Abstract: A variety of sensing assembly components, and methods of assembling, mounting, and orientating such assemblies and/or components, are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a sensing assembly includes a main body including at least a housing portion, and a mounting portion protruding outward from the main body. The mounting portion includes an outer connector section including at least one electrical connector, and an intermediate section that includes an outer surface that either has substantially a shape of a polygon or is at least partly threaded, where the intermediate section is positioned in between the main body and the outer connector section. Additionally, the intermediate section has an outer diameter, the outer connector section has an outer diameter, and the intermediate section outer diameter is greater than the outer connection section outer diameter. In other example embodiments, retaining structures on portions of a sensing assembly, or bracket assembly components, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto S. Santos, Diana A. Sufariu
  • Patent number: 9151728
    Abstract: Provided is a gas sensor in which a connection terminal can be favorably fitted onto a cylindrical sensor element without causing a breakage of the connection terminal. An oxygen sensor (1) includes an outer connection terminal (29) having an outer fitting portion (53), an extension portion (55) extending inwardly from an axially intermediate point of the outer fitting portion (53) and pulling prevention portions (75) and (77) formed on rear end parts of the outer fitting portion (53) at positions adjacent to the extension portion (55). When the extension portion (55) of the outer connection terminal (29) is inserted in and pulled out from a through hole (23) of a separator (27), the extension portion (55) can be prevented from further pulling in the through hole (23) by contact of the pulling prevention portions (75) and (77) with a front end surface of the separator (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Kato, Tatsuya Okumura, Masahiro Asai, Tomoyuki Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9146181
    Abstract: A contaminant detection system has a fluid path. A meter and a plurality of fluid conduits are disposed along the fluid path. The meter is configured to detect an operating parameter of a fluid. The plurality of fluid conduits forms a plurality of intermediate fluid paths. Each fluid conduit has a restriction orifice (RO), an inlet control valve, and an outlet control valve. In addition, the plurality of fluid conduits has a control line and an exposed line. The control line is configured to be isolated from the fluid for a time period. The exposed line is configured to be exposed to the fluid for the time period. The system is configured to determine a contaminant concentration of the fluid at least in part using the operating parameter and the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Generel Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Edward Pastecki, Joe Schornick, Michal Marek Knapczyk
  • Patent number: 9128021
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holder for measuring a permeability of an unconsolidated sediment. The holder includes a sediment installation part having a solid sediment attached to opposite ends of an unconsolidated sediment along a longitudinal direction; a transverse pressure supply part installed to surround the sediment installation part to supply a predetermined transverse pressure to the sediment installation part by using a fluid supplied from the outside; and a longitudinal pressure supply part installed at opposite ends of the transverse pressure supply part to cover opposite ends of the sediment installation part to be moved along a vertical direction so as to supply a predetermined longitudinal pressure to the sediment installation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Jun-Ho Oh, Kue-Young Kim, Tae-Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 9127835
    Abstract: A boiler steam amount measuring method for continuously measuring a temporal change in an amount of steam from a steam boiler, includes: first measuring a differential pressure between a pressure at a first detection position that is a predetermined position in a can body of the steam boiler or a steam outflow path, and a pressure at a second detection position in the steam outflow path separated from the first detection position toward a downstream side; first calculating a pressure loss coefficient based on the differential pressure measured by flowing a predetermined flow rate of steam or fluid instead of steam into the steam outflow path, and the predetermined flow rate; and second calculating continuously the amount of steam based on the differential pressure measured in the first measuring and the pressure loss coefficient calculated in the first calculating, and outputting the calculated amount of steam as a measurement value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: MIURA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Tanaka, Tetsuji Namoto, Noriaki Nagai
  • Patent number: 9116081
    Abstract: An improved electrical equipment housing which includes an oil sample valve and a gas port assembly which are contained within the electrical equipment housing, yet are separated from electrical contacts and may be accessed without exposure to the electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Sunbelt Transformer, Ltd.
    Inventor: Heath Blundell
  • Patent number: 9116138
    Abstract: The exhaust gas analysis system urges a user to conduct a purge in an exhaust gas flow line by not only informing the user of the timing that the purge is necessary from the exhaust gas analysis system but also making it easy for the user to recognize the information. The exhaust gas analysis system comprises an exhaust gas flow line (L) where an exhaust gas flows, a measurement device 2, 3 that is arranged in the exhaust gas flow line (L) and that includes a pollutant component meter to measure a pollutant component to be a cause of pollutant of the exhaust gas flow line, and a display control device 5 that compares a measurement signal value obtained by the pollutant component meter or its arithmetic value with a predetermined pollutant tolerance and that displays a warning window on a display 21 in case that the measurement signal value or the arithmetic value exceeds the predetermined pollutant component tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Okada, Masayuki Hayata, Toru Yamazaki, Katsumi Uratani
  • Patent number: 9109871
    Abstract: A vertical leap measuring device is provided. The device comprises rotatable blades mounted to a support mechanism mounted to a mount, which can be mounted to a support structure. The support mechanism is configured to rotate with respect to the mount between an operable position and a stored position. In the operating position, the blades are configured to rotate about the support mechanism in response to user-applied force. Once displaced, the blades can be automatically reset to an original position by operation of a remote-controlled transmitter that commands positioning members to return displaced blades back to their original position. The blades are made of a combination of flexible and non-flexible members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Randall Cozens
  • Patent number: 9111425
    Abstract: Indicator devices, systems, and methods are provided. Indicator devices include a housing having a bore and an indicating component placed therein. The indicator devices are activated in response to an increase in temperature or pressure. Indicator systems include an indicator device coupled to a housing, such as a conduit or enclosure. Methods include utilizing an indicator device to determine if an area within a conduit or enclosure has been sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: David Carr Holloway, Joseph Michael Manahan
  • Patent number: 9074512
    Abstract: An exhaust gas analyzing system includes, on an upstream side of an analytical instrument, an exhaust gas introduction pipe of which one end is opened to an exhaust gas flow path through which exhaust gas from an engine flows and the other end is connected to the analytical instrument. A switching mechanism selectively switches between a sampling path that samples the exhaust gas from the exhaust gas introduction pipe to introduce the sampled exhaust gas into the analytical instrument and an air introduction path that introduces air into the analytical instrument. When the engine is operated, a path to the analytical instrument is switched to the sampling path by the switching mechanism. When the engine is stopped, the path is switched to the air introduction path by the switching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuji Asami, Hiroyuki Ikeda, Mineyuki Komada
  • Patent number: 9074965
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to be able to restore a setting of an exhaust gas analyzing device to an initial setting at the time of product shipment or the latest maintenance setting performed prior to the corresponding maintenance in the maintenance of the exhaust gas analyzing device. The present invention includes a setting data storage part (55) storing initial setting data indicating initial setting information of each part constituting an exhaust gas analyzing device (2) in a state of product shipment and the latest maintenance setting data indicating the latest maintenance setting information of each part constituting the exhaust gas analyzing device (2) in the latest maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: HORIBA, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Okada, Masayuki Hayata, Toru Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9074460
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a gradient of a composition of materials in a petroleum reservoir, comprising sampling fluids from a well in the petroleum reservoir in a logging operation, measuring an amount of contamination in the sampled fluids, measuring the composition of the sampling fluids using a downhole fluid analysis, measuring an asphaltene content of the sampling fluids at different depths; and fitting the asphaltene content of the sampling fluids at the different depths to a simplified equation of state during the logging operation to determine the gradient of the composition of the materials in the petroleum reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew E. Pomerantz, Youxiang Zuo, Denise E. Freed, Oliver C. Mullins
  • Patent number: 9057712
    Abstract: A system and method for tagging, tracking, locating and identifying people and vehicles transporting people using Perfluorocarbon tracers. An on-going problem faced by military as well as law enforcement personnel is that of friendly fire incidents. To prevent possible friendly-fire incidents, troops would separate the two layers of the uniform patch, thereby releasing a controlled release of the Perfluorocarbon vapors. Other “friendly” troops, equipped with sensors tuned to the specific perfluorocarbon characteristics would thus be able to literally view a plume around the tagged person or object. The system may conversely be used to tag enemies. Formulations of mixed perfluorocarbons may be used to provide coding of emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Copilot Ventures Fund III LLC
    Inventor: Jay Fraser
  • Patent number: 9052335
    Abstract: Disclosed are a MEMS sensor and methods to compensate a quadrature error on the sensor. The sensor detects movements of a substrate, especially accelerations and rotation rates. At least one mass arranged on the substrate and mounted to move relative to it is driven by drive electrodes. The mass executes a movement deviating from the prescribed movement due to a quadrature error. A deflection of the mass occurring due to Coriolis force and quadrature error is detected with detection electrodes. A capacitance change is detected as a function of drive movement of the mass by using compensation electrodes. A compensation charge dependent on the quadrature error of the MEMS sensor is generated on the compensation electrodes. For compensation, the distorted or incorrect charge generated by the quadrature error in the detection electrodes is compensated with the compensation charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Coronato, Gabriele Cazzaniga, Carlo Caminada, Manuel Santoro, Luciano Prandi, Demetre Kondylis
  • Patent number: 9052227
    Abstract: A fluid container (10) with a hollow body (12) for containing a fluid such as beverage (22) with a surrounding sidewall (16) extending between a top (18) and a bottom (20) provided with a flexible sensing strip (14) with discrete modular fluid characteristic sensing elements mounted to the sidewall (16) of a hollow body (12) for sensing an actual physical parameter of the fluid, a control module (24) and a detachable interface (26) between the sensing strip (14) and the control module (24) to enable sensing signals to be passed from the sensing strip (14) to the control module (24) has a detachable interface enabling tool-less disconnection of the control module (24) from the sensing strip (14) to enable replacement with another control module for repair or servicing. The individual sensing elements may also be toolessly disconnected from the strip for replacement or repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Food Equipment Technologies Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Lassota
  • Patent number: 9047907
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed comprising an acceleration sensor operable to generate an acceleration signal, and a free fall detector operable to detect a free fall event in response to the acceleration signal. A frequency response of the acceleration signal is measured, and the free fall detector is disabled when a magnitude of the frequency response within one of a plurality of frequency bands exceeds a threshold, wherein each frequency band corresponds to one of a plurality of normal operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan V. Nguyen, Toviah N. Hirschberg, Hien T. Chu
  • Patent number: 9038455
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring the levels of product in a chemical dispensing system. A probe assembly is operatively disposed in a container holding product to be dispensed. A detection circuit including an oscillator sensitive to the impendence coupled to the detector is selectively coupled to the probe assembly and produces a signal in response to the impedance of the probe assembly indicating if the level of product in the container has dropped below the probe assembly. The probe assembly includes conductive probes formed from corrosion resistant material infused with carbon and separated by an angle. The level of the first and second conductive probes is adjustable to provide control over the level of product to be detected. Multiple probe assemblies may be selectively coupled to the detection circuit in a repeating sequence by a multi-probe monitoring unit to allow monitoring of multiple containers by a single remote alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Tincher, William Sand