Patents Examined by Nigel H Plumb
  • Patent number: 11927578
    Abstract: A smart wearable device includes a wearable device body, a signal control module, a gas detection module, a signal recording module, and a vibration generating module. The gas detection module can detect a gas concentration of a predetermined gas surrounding the wearable device body so as to obtain a gas concentration signal. The signal recording module can record a plurality of gas concentration values that are provided by the gas concentration signal, and record a plurality of gas-measuring time points that are respectively configured for obtaining the gas concentration values. The vibration generating module can generate a prompt signal according to the gas concentration value provided by the gas concentration signal, and generate a beat signal according to a user setting value. Therefore, the smart wearable device can provide relevant information corresponding to the gas concentration signal, the prompt signal, and the beat signal for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: RADIANT INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Huang, Chien-Chang Liao
  • Patent number: 11927280
    Abstract: A diaphragm valve includes a valve body that defines a flow path through which fluid flows and an opening that opens to the outside in a middle of flow path; a flexible partition member that covers the opening and separates the flow path from the outside, and changes a cross-sectional area of the flow path; and a flexible support member disposed on a rear surface side opposite to a flow path side of the flexible partition member. A housing is fixed to the valve body via peripheral portions of the flexible partition member and the flexible support member. A humidity sensor that detects a state of an atmosphere or a change thereof in a space defined by the flexible support member and an inner surface of the housing. The diaphragm valve is capable of preventing fluid in a diaphragm valve from leaking to the outside due to breakage of a diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yuya Suzuki, Ryutaro Tanno, Daihi Tsuchiguchi, Nobuo Nakamura, Tsutomu Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11921027
    Abstract: A specimen introduction method for improving a measurement accuracy and efficiency includes a preparation step, first step, second step, and third step. The preparation step uses a switching member to connect a first feeder to a first inlet-and-outlet, a second inlet-and-outlet to a discharge container, a third inlet-and-outlet to a first inflow port, and a second feeder to a second inflow port. The first step includes filling a path from the second feeder to the switching member through the second inflow port, a specimen treatment device, and the first inflow port with a second liquid. The second step includes filling a path from the first feeder to the switching member with a first liquid. The third step includes subsequently introducing the first liquid into the first inflow port from the first feeder through the switching member, and introducing the second liquid into the second inflow port from the second feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Yoneta
  • Patent number: 11913906
    Abstract: A substance detection element is described herein. The substance detection element includes a supporting substrate, a plate-shaped beam, a detection electrode, and a substance adsorption film. The plate-shaped beam is provided with a piezoelectric element. The detection electrodes detects information about the vibration frequency of the beam. The substance adsorption films changes the vibration frequency of the beam by adhesion of a substance. The substance adsorption films and the detection electrodes are respectively provided at the same position on the front and the back of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: I-PEX Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Shogo Kurogi
  • Patent number: 11915913
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a substrate support having a sensor assembly, and processing chamber having the same. In one embodiment, a substrate support assembly has a puck having a workpiece support surface, a gas hole formed through the workpiece support surface, and a sensor assembly disposed in the gas hole. The substrate support assembly further has a transition conduit fluidly coupled to the gas hole, and a connection coupled to the transition conduit. The connection has a first opening fluidly coupled to the transition conduit and a second opening coupled to a control system, where the control system is coupled to the sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Wendell Glenn Boyd, Jr., Govinda Raj, Matthew James Busche
  • Patent number: 11913850
    Abstract: A measuring system for a physical variable, the measuring system having a housing, a measuring tube having at least one tubular deformation body having a cross-section which is deformed at least partially and which is configured to expand elastically under pressure, two feed sections attached to end sections of the deformation body, two sealing sections for sealingly coupling the measuring system to a process, and two molded support sections to carry the housing. A measuring sensor system measures values of at least one of a stretching or a widening at at least two points on a section of the deformation body. An evaluation unit evaluates measured values of the stretching and widening and outputs them as a measurement signal. The housing at least partially surrounds and stabilizes the measuring tube on an outside and is provided with a vacuum and/or a negative pressure compared to the outside atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Diener, Lukas Spieler, Rolf Bloecher, Thomas Rothenbach
  • Patent number: 11906384
    Abstract: A pressure detection element of a capacitive system includes a dielectric having two opposing surfaces including a first surface and a second surface, a conductor layer provided on the first surface of the dielectric, a conductive elastic member provided on the second surface of the dielectric, a spacer that positions the conductive elastic member at a predetermined distance from the second surface of the dielectric, and a pressing member configured to push the conductive elastic member toward the dielectric. An end surface of the pressing member that presses the conductive elastic member has a predetermined curvature, with an apex at a center of the end surface. A protrusion is provided at the apex at the center of the end surface of the pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takenori Kaneda, Kenichi Ninomiya, Kohei Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11906377
    Abstract: A differential pressure transducer assembly having an internal bellows coupling configured to improve reliability and ease assembly. The differential pressure transducer assembly includes a header, a sensing element mounted on the header, a first pressure port having a first pressure media channel in communication with a first side of the sensing element, a second pressure port having a second pressure media channel in communication with a second side of the sensing element, and a bellows coupling disposed between the header and the second pressure port. The bellows coupling may be configured to flex during assembly to compensate for tolerance mismatches. The bellows coupling may further reduce or prevent external stress from being applied to one or more of the header and the sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: KULITE SEMICONDUCTOR PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Gardner, Louis DeRosa
  • Patent number: 11898920
    Abstract: A connector for use with a sensor, such as a pressure sensor, has EMI absorbing capabilities. The connector includes a polymeric body configured for coupling to a sensor body and an EMI absorbing material. The EMI absorbing material may be entrained in the polymeric body, coated on the polymeric body, or otherwise integrated with the polymeric body. The EMI absorbing material may be carbon black or carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Engbertus Berkel, Thomas Gerjen Hendrik Kouwen, Jonathan M. Rigelsford
  • Patent number: 11898889
    Abstract: A pressure measuring cell or flow rate measuring cell includes a pipe piece in which either a membrane to which a pressure that is to be measured is applied or an orifice plate is arranged in the cross-section through which a fluid flows, wherein the membrane or orifice plate and the pipe piece are formed together and interconnected via a solid-body joint, where a sensor is arranged outside the pipe piece near the solid-body joint or is accessible from this side, a tubular carrier part diverts forces past the solid-body joint when the pressure or flow rate measurement cell is being installed, and where the tubular carrier part has an inner diameter that is greater than the outer diameter of the pipe piece and has a wall in its cross section with a central circular opening, into which the pipe piece shortened to the thickness of the wall is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Gilbert Alexander Erdler
  • Patent number: 11892363
    Abstract: A pressure sensing mat including a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, and an insulative layer disposed therebetween. The first conductive layer includes a first plurality of spaced apart conductive paths and a first plurality of non-conductive paths therebetween and defining a plurality of gaps in the first plurality of non-conductive paths having a first repeating pattern of a cross shape. The first plurality of spaced apart conductive paths and the first plurality of non-conductive paths extend in a first direction. The second conductive layer includes a second plurality of spaced apart conductive paths and a second plurality of non-conductive paths therebetween and defining a second plurality of gaps in the second plurality of non-conductive paths having a second repeating pattern. The second plurality of spaced apart conductive paths and the second plurality of non-conductive paths extends in a second direction different than the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Wellsense, Inc.
    Inventors: Arik Rofe, Oola Greenwald, Roman S. Ferber, Asaf Brosch
  • Patent number: 11892331
    Abstract: A cartridge-style flow sensor for sensing fluid flow. The includes an exterior, interior, head, base, a circuit board, and first and second ports. The first and second ports permit fluid to flow into and out of the interior. A Hall Effect Sensor in the interior detects the number of revolutions of an impeller. An electric coupler interfaces with the sensor and a transmitter for communication of the revolutions of the impeller to a controller. The controller determines the rate of fluid flow in a conduit. The controller automatically issues a command signal to a component of a hydraulic system to alter the rate of fluid flow in the conduit. The cartridge hydraulic flow sensor is easily and releasably engaged to a cavity of a hydraulic circuit manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Dale Dietel
  • Patent number: 11885697
    Abstract: A sensor device including a deformable substrate and a plurality of sensing elements formed on or in the deformable substrate, each of the plurality of sensing elements including at least one of a plurality of strain sensitive lines radially extending with respect to a center of the sensor device and a plurality of strain sensitive lines extending along a circular section with respect to the center of the sensor device, and one or more electrically conducting vias formed in the deformable substrate for electrically connecting between one or more of the sensing elements formed on the first side of the deformable substrate and one or more of the sensing elements formed on the second side of the deformable substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: EZMEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Tsvi Shmilovich, Nicola Molinazzi
  • Patent number: 11885705
    Abstract: Pressure sensors include stacking of sensor capacitors on top of reference capacitors. A pressure cavity may be extended below a bottom electrode. The pressure sensors may include a mechanical link of a top membrane with the bottom electrode in order to form a dual membrane, or a mechanical link of the top membrane, the bottom electrode and an intermediate electrode within a cavity. A pressure sensor includes a first and second pressure sensing portions, each including a first and second rigid electrodes, and a deflectable membrane structure. The second rigid electrode is between the first rigid electrode and the deflectable membrane structure arranged in a vertical configuration. The first and second rigid electrodes of the first and second pressure sensing portions form respective reference capacitors, and the second rigid electrodes and the deflectable membrane structures form respective sensing capacitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Athanasios Kollias, Bernhard Winkler
  • Patent number: 11879878
    Abstract: A gas separation system includes a separation column for separating components contained in sample gas, a sample gas supplier fluidly connected to an inlet of the separation column for supplying sample gas to the separation column, a detector fluidly connected to an outlet of the separation column, a collection tube filled with an adsorbent having a property of adsorbing a target component in the sample gas under a condition of a first temperature or less and desorbing the adsorbed target component under a condition of a second temperature or more higher than the first temperature, a temperature adjuster for adjusting a temperature of the collection tube, a collection container for collecting the target component, and a switching mechanism for switching between a state in which the collection tube is connected to an outlet of the detector and a state in which the collection tube is connected to the collection container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tasuku Murata, Mitsuru Nishishita, Shigeo Yasui
  • Patent number: 11879758
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a linear motor including: a housing body with a containment space; a vibrator assembly suspended in the containment space by an elastic member for vibrating along a vibration direction; a stator assembly fixedly connected to the housing body and having a magnetic axis along the vibration direction; and two magnets located on both sides of the magnetic axis and spaced from the stator assembly, including a first magnet section and a second magnet section located on both sides of the first magnet section. A magnetic field strength of the first magnet section along the magnetic axis is greater than a magnetic field strength of the second magnet section along the magnetic axis. The configuration of the invention can effectively reduce the static attraction force of the magnetic circuit, and increase the overall rigidity of the linear motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Bai, Yanxin Chen, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11879772
    Abstract: A structure deterioration detection system includes an optical fiber cable that is placed along the longitudinal direction of a structure and continuously detects any vibration along the longitudinal direction of the structure, and a signal processing unit including a vibration measurement unit that measures the strength of a detected vibration, a per unit time integration unit that integrates the vibration strength for a specified period of time, an information storage unit that stores the integrated vibration strength, and a deterioration determination unit that makes a determination about whether deterioration of the structure has occurred by comparing the integrated vibration strengths at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Tanaka, Tomoyuki Hino, Chaitanya Prasad Narisetty
  • Patent number: 11879794
    Abstract: Described is a compression apparatus for a testing system having a load cell. The disclosed compression apparatus ensures proper seating relative to the load cell to yield accurate compression friction (CF) measurements. The disclosed compression apparatus includes a compression rod and at least one mechanical fastener. The compression rod has a first portion at a distal end and a second portion that defines a threaded bore at a proximal end. The first portion is configured to contact a specimen and the second portion is configured to couple to the load cell. The mechanical fastener is configured to mate with the threaded bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Riddick, Daniel Chouinard, Brian Salem, Christopher Hines
  • Patent number: 11874192
    Abstract: An elongate force sensor assembly for measuring a force applied in a force application direction and a method of manufacturing the assembly, the force sensor assembly including an extruded elongate force responsive beam element (EFRB) extending along a longitudinal axis which is generally perpendicular to the force application direction, the EFRB having a hollow and generally rectangular cross-section generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and being formed with a throughgoing longitudinal bore along the longitudinal axis, the throughgoing longitudinal bore being formed together with the EFRB and a strain engine extending along a transverse axis, generally perpendicular to both the force application direction and to the longitudinal axis; at least one strain gauge affixed to the EFRB, each strain gauge generating an output in response to the force, and a plurality of circuit elements operative to convert the output into a force indication, indicating a magnitude of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: VISHAY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Tal Rahav, Rafi Ouzan
  • Patent number: 11872552
    Abstract: A pipetting device is disclosed. The pipetting device can include a piston with a stepped profile. The piston can be inserted into a barrel and can have at least two seal elements. The pipetting device can operate in a low volume dispense mode and a high volume dispense mode. The pipetting device can allow for high volumes of liquids to be transferred and also provide for the ability to transfer low volumes of liquids with high precision and accuracy without the need for two or more separate pipettor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Neese, Matthew S. Davis