Patents Examined by Nathaniel Kolb
  • Patent number: 10670507
    Abstract: Electromechanical detection device, particularly for gravimetric detection, and method for manufacturing the device. The electromechanical detection device includes a support including a face defining a plane, at least one beam that can move relative to the support, and means of detecting beam displacement, outputting a signal that depends on the displacement. The beam is anchored to the support through an end and is approximately perpendicular to the plane, and the other end of the beam includes at least one reception zone that can receive one or several particles causing or modifying displacement of the beam, in order to determine at least one physical property of the particle(s) from the signal. According to the invention, the detection means are located between the reception zone and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: S├ębastien Hentz, Thomas Ernst
  • Patent number: 10161778
    Abstract: An adjustable fluid level verification device and method for use on equipment and containers. The device is connected to bung receivers or mounting holes on the equipment or container, and the device is adjustable to enable mounting on bung receivers that are misaligned or set at an out-of-standard distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trico Corp.
    Inventor: Jay Wilson
  • Patent number: 10157114
    Abstract: Systems for testing a computer keyboard are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a plurality of elongate members, each having a first end and a second end; a support structure having a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of apertures that pass through the support structure from the first surface to the second surface such that the plurality of apertures corresponds to a layout of keys of a computer keyboard, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of elongate members is aligned with the plurality of apertures; and a roller that moves under a subset of apertures during operation of the system and contacts the elongate member thereby causing the elongate member to be displaced by at least a first amount such that the second end of the elongate member protrudes at least a second amount from the surface of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yuan-Jen Chang, Chia Hang Yeh
  • Patent number: 10132792
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are portable diagnostic measurement devices for determining at least one analysis parameter of a bodily fluid, in particular for determining an analyte concentration in a bodily fluid as can occur in blood glucose determinations. Also disclosed are analysis systems including the measurement device and at least one disposable test element. The test element can be designed as a carrier strip and can contact a receiving surface of the measurement device at least partially in a flat manner, where the receiving surface is arranged on a narrow side of the housing of the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Heino Eikmeier, Hans-Peter Haar, Joachim Hoenes, Carina Horn, Ewald Rieger
  • Patent number: 10126199
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system is provided that may be utilized to determine oil migration and oil displacement from a pre-oiled air filter. The present invention may also be utilized to determine if oil is displaced from the air filter onto a portion of the apparatus for visualization to a user. The present invention utilizes a demonstration apparatus having a system for forcing air through the oil subjected air filter thereby attempting to force displacement of the oil from the air filter. The apparatus utilizes a blowing means whereby the oil infused air filter is subject to higher than normal air flow and whereby the apparatus has a deflection portion whereby if oil is displaced from the air filter, it is deflected onto the deflection portion where it would be physically viewable to an observer present in the vicinity of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: K&N Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: John Reedy, Steve Rogers, Richard Dwyer
  • Patent number: 10119882
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for leak testing surgical conduit grafts or valved conduits such as aortic-valved conduits with a pressurized gas such as air. Air is non-destructive and especially useful for leak testing conduits that have coatings or sealants that may be functionally impacted when exposed to fluids such as water or saline. Open ends of the conduit are clamped and sealed, and a pressurized gas introduced into an inner lumen thereof. A change in mass flow rate is measured to quantify the leakage. One end of a tubular conduit may be clamped to a fixed manifold, and the opposite end to a manifold slidably mounted to accommodate any conduit elongation when pressurized. The clamping and sealing structure may be pneumatic and/or mechanical, and complementary contoured clamp members may be used to seal a scalloped external sealing ring of an aortic conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Van Nest, Alyssa E. Kornswiet, Jackie P. Lau
  • Patent number: 10078044
    Abstract: A method for determining at least one pore-related parameter of a porous material is provided. The method includes supplying a volatile liquid into a chamber, placing a porous material within the chamber, spaced apart from and over the volatile liquid, determining an effective mass of the chamber over a period of time, and determining at least one pore-related parameter of the porous material based on the effective mass determined. An arrangement for determining at least one pore-related parameter of a porous material is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Ebrahim Akhondi, William Bernard Krantz, Filicia Wicaksana, Anthony Gordon Fane
  • Patent number: 10066979
    Abstract: A liquid level transducer (10) for mounting to a cryogenic tank includes a mounting head assembly (14) for connection to the tank (12) and an elongate sensing probe assembly (16) extending from the mounting head assembly (14) and into the tank. The mounting head assembly (14) has a lower mounting member (40) connected to the sensing probe assembly (16). The mounting head assembly also includes a tank mounting member (42) with a central bore (74) and a transverse wall (87) located within the bore. An upper connecting section (60) of the member (40) is threaded into the bore (74). A seal (147) is positioned between the transverse wall (87) and the upper connecting section (60). The upper connecting section (60) has a corrugated feature that receives and deforms the seal to interlock the components together and increase the sealing surface area therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rochester Gauges, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Hrncir, John Gordon Storace
  • Patent number: 10060843
    Abstract: A method and a device for the measurement of fluid-mechanically effective parameters of a fluid, with a fluid pump which comprises a delivery element (2) which is mounted in a magnet bearing (10, 10a, 11, 11a), according to the invention, envisages the delivery element (2) of the fluid pump being excited into an oscillation by way of an excitation device (16, 44), wherein the oscillation parameters as well as, as the case may be, the oscillation behavior is measured, and parameters of the fluid are determined from this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Berlin Heart GmbH
    Inventors: Kurt Graichen, Andreas Arndt, Peter Nuesser
  • Patent number: 10056004
    Abstract: A motion simulator is constructed from a base driving an intermediate member via a 6 DOF hexapod, and a platform driven by a 2DOF simulator is provided on the intermediate member to supplement pitch and roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Moog BV
    Inventor: Jean Paul Warmerdam
  • Patent number: 10024759
    Abstract: The invention relates to a three-in-one testing machine for a coded luggage lock. The three-in-one testing machine includes a testing machine table and a control unit. At least two coded lock fixing clamps, a code wheel code-rubbing testing mechanism and a key pulling/insertion/rotation testing mechanism are installed on a working table top of the testing machine table. In the invention, by means of the structure, two testing mechanisms on one testing machine can complete testing on three functions including the rotation life of a code wheel, key insertion/pulling to detect the fatigue strength of a lock kernel and a lock row and key rotation to detect the rotation strength of the lock kernel and the fatigue resistance of a locating pit cooperating with the lock kernel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dongguan Jingyu Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng Xu, Xiangshou Zeng, Maotian He
  • Patent number: 10018462
    Abstract: A gauge profile apparatus (100) includes a gauge profile system (104) and a lap count system (106) for determining an average three-dimensional profile over the length of a sheet coil (10). The gauge profile system (104) includes a lap profile measuring device (112) which will make a distance determination between top and bottom surfaces for the sheet coil (10). The lap count system (106) includes a distance sensor (288) and camera (290) for determining the average thickness of the sheet coil (10). A second embodiment of the gauge profile system (400) is also provided, which utilizes a PDA (404), an ultrasonic tester (406) and a string encoder (432).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Mill Steel Co.
    Inventors: Jason Miller, Nicholas D Carlevaris-Bianco, Haley Nghiem, Eric Twiest, Amber Woods, Brandon Wright, Cato Clemens, Han Huynh, Steve Michel, Lindsey Brown, Britt Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 10018495
    Abstract: A radar-based fill-level measuring device comprising at least one synthesizer circuit having a plurality of circuit components for producing phase controlled microwave signals for a travel-time measurement and at least three electrical potentials for supplying the synthesizer circuit, wherein the synthesizer circuit has at least three circuit groups. Each circuit component is associated with at least one circuit group, wherein each of the at least three circuit groups is fed by means of at least one potential difference between two of the at least three different potentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Winfried Mayer, Roland Grozinger, Qi Chen
  • Patent number: 10012622
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to gaseous mercury detection systems, calibration systems, and related methods. The gaseous mercury detection systems are configured to detect gas-phase mercury-compounds present in ambient air. For example, the gaseous mercury detection systems collect gas-phase mercury-compounds from ambient air and release the gas-phase mercury-compounds at concentrations capable of being measured by a gas-chromatography mass spectrometer without heating the gas-phase mercury-compounds above a decomposition temperature of at least one gaseous mercury compound that may present in the mercury-containing gas. The calibration systems are configured to determine an accuracy of or calibrate a gaseous mercury detection system. The disclosed calibration systems may be integrated with or distinct from the gaseous mercury detection systems disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Utah State University
    Inventor: Seth N Lyman
  • Patent number: 9995647
    Abstract: An ultrasonic gas leak detector system for locating a source of ultrasonic airborne energy is described. An exemplary embodiment includes a plurality of spatially separated ultrasonic gas leak detectors, each configured to generate signals indicative of detected angles of arrival of received ultrasonic energy at the respective detectors. A locator processor receives the signals generated by the detectors, and is configured to process the signals to determine a location in three dimensions of the source of the ultrasonic energy received at the detectors and provide locator processor output signals indicative of the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: General Monitors, Inc.
    Inventors: Javid J. Huseynov, Shankar B. Baliga
  • Patent number: 9989193
    Abstract: An aspect of the disclosure includes a natural gas leakage detection device. The natural gas leakage device includes a metering interface for detecting usage of natural gas. A clock is provided to determine time of day and one or more predetermined times when no natural gas usage is expected. A first sensor is used to determine whether a furnace is operating. A monitoring device is provided. The monitoring device being operable during the one or more predetermined times when no natural gas usage is expected, to monitor the metering interface and the first sensor and to perform an action in response to natural gas usage being detected during the one or more predetermined times when no natural gas usage is expected and the first sensor determines that the furnace is not operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J.A. Johnson, James S. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9983043
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus for a liquid level sensor includes a liquid level sensor support, such as a generally horizontal platform, having an aperture for receiving at least a portion of the liquid level sensor. An arm extends from the support and has an aperture for receiving a liquid outlet tube extending from an outlet of a liquid pass-through device. A hollow socket is spaced apart from the arm and removably attachable to the outlet of the liquid pass-through device. The apparatus maintains the relative position and orientation of the liquid level sensor to the liquid outlet tube extending from the outlet of the liquid pass-through device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Heateflex Corporation
    Inventor: Hector Joel Castaneda
  • Patent number: 9964470
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining indoor air contaminant levels independent of outdoor contaminant levels. In one embodiment, an infinite geometric series is used to compute a true indoor air contaminant level in a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Aircuity, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon P. Sharp
  • Patent number: 9945805
    Abstract: An improved alcohol fuel cell sensor and alcohol breath tester assembly where wires for connection to the electrodes are bent to have a generally planar base portion which may be positioned toward the center of the electrodes and an upright that then extends to the outside of the case. The uprights are generally perpendicular to the base allowing the wires to exit the housing toward the center, as opposed to toward an edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alcotek, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Fodor, Karl R. Wolf, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9921191
    Abstract: A gas chromatographic (GC) unit or module may include one or more microfluidic devices, a GC column, and a flow controller (FC) comprising an FC input port for controlling fluid flows and pressures. The GC unit may be reconfigurable to provide different functionalities. The GC unit may be fluidly coupled to various other fluidic devices, such as other GC units, sample inlets, GC detectors, and the like. Multiple GC units and other fluidic devices may be utilized to build GC devices and associated systems of flexible, reconfigurable, and scalable architecture, thereby enabling a variety of modes of operation useful for present and future GC method development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao-Sheng Guan, Qiang Xu