Patents Examined by Peter J. Macchiarolo
  • Patent number: 10379021
    Abstract: A pallet impact station includes a frame, at least one pendulum swing arm rotatably coupled to the frame, and a carriage assembly carried by the at least one pendulum swing arm. A latching mechanism extends between the frame and the at least one pendulum swing arm, and engages the at least one pendulum swing arm when the carriage assembly is in a lowered position, raises the carriage assembly to a raised positon, and disengages the at least one pendulum swing arm at the raised positon so that the carriage assembly strikes a pallet. A sensor generates a signal corresponding to how high the carriage assembly is raised. A controller operates the latching mechanism, including disengaging the at least one pendulum swing arm when a height of the carriage assembly corresponds to a desired release height so that a predetermined impact force strikes the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CHEP Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Dwight Bryan Whitfield, Sr., Paul Barnswell, James Koonce, Matthew Wood, Mohammad Ansari
  • Patent number: 10376194
    Abstract: A device for the extraction of blood or a blood compound is provided that includes a tube, a piston assembly, a handle assembly that can be clipped to the piston assembly, and a perforable sealing element that prevents the flow of fluid from a sealed interior space of the tube towards a longitudinal interior cavity of the handle assembly located adjacent to a separable area of the handle assembly. In use, the handle assembly is pushed to the bottom of the tube, causing the handle assembly to be clipped to the piston assembly, the handle assembly and the piston assembly are then moved rearwards forming a vacuum in the space, the piston assembly is clipped to an end cap of the tube and the gripping portion of the handle assembly is separated, obtaining a vacuum container with a perforable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, I MAS D, S.L.
    Inventor: Eduardo Anitua Aldecoa
  • Patent number: 10378921
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for synchronizing a magnetic field transmitter and receiver to resolve phase ambiguity so that phase information for the position and orientation of the receiver may be derived and maintained. A synchronization process allows for the phase information to be initially derived based upon known information from other sources, and then tracked from one measurement to the next. In another embodiment, information from an inertial measurement unit (IMU) is used to determine the phase information or to correct for errors in the determination from receiver data of the position and orientation of a receiver, and prevent such errors from accumulating as the receiver moves away from a transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Sixense Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Owen Walter Pedrotti, Oded Y. Zur
  • Patent number: 10371559
    Abstract: Systems and methods that use a differential spectral liquid level sensor to measure the level of liquid in a reservoir (e.g., a fuel tank or other storage container). The use of a differential spectral liquid level sensor solves the problem of common-mode intensity variations (i.e., intensity variations not due to the level of the liquid) by having two different wavelengths propagate through the same optical path but have different spectral attenuations in the liquid. By determining the ratio of the received optical powers, common-mode intensity variations can be neutralized, thereby enhancing the accuracy of the received power reading and the resulting liquid level indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tuong K. Truong, Eric Y. Chan, Dennis G. Koshinz, Kim Quan Anh Nguyen, Eric J. Harvey
  • Patent number: 10371605
    Abstract: Mine dust in underground coal mines is potentially explosive and must be sampled and tested for sufficient inert content regularly. The present invention comprises a pneumatic mine dust sampling instrument equipped with a specially designed nozzle arrangement that delivers a controlled pulse of air which entrains the mine dust, similar to the entrainment process that happens during a mine explosion. The entrained mine dust can then be collected and tested for compliance with applicable federal standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Jurgen Brune, Ben Goertz, Gregory Bogin, Sean McDaniel, Tyler Rockley, Flavia Soares Barreto, Vinay Duddempudi, Katherine Ann Robert, Nick Kapela
  • Patent number: 10371129
    Abstract: A sensor system that does not require wiring connection is provided. The sensor system includes a power generator, a power storage device, a wireless device, a sensing device, and a power switch (PSW). Data is transmitted and received wirelessly. Energy harvesting with vibration or the like is used as a power source, and supply of power to an unused portion of the PSW is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Koyama, Sho Nagao
  • Patent number: 10371603
    Abstract: A device for measuring a tire ground state includes a traveling surface, a tire drive unit grounding a tire on the traveling surface and rolls the tire, a measuring sheet mounted to a partial area of the traveling surface for measuring the tire ground state, a protection sheet covering the measuring sheet, and a backward and forward tensile force application mechanism applying a tensile force along a tire forward traveling direction to the protection sheet. A space conducting the protection sheet to a portion below the traveling surface is formed in at least one of a delay side and an advance side of the measuring sheet in the tire forward traveling direction on the traveling surface, and the backward and forward tensile force application mechanism is structured such as to pull at least one end of the protection sheet in the tire forward traveling direction from below the traveling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Koike
  • Patent number: 10371591
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor includes one or more semiconductor dies which are thinned at portions of the die to create a chamber defining a sensitive diaphragm, having piezoresistive elements defined at a surface of the diaphragm. A first diaphragm is in fluid communication with a first fluid on an upper surface of the first diaphragm and is in fluid communication with a second fluid on a lower surface of the first diaphragm. A second diaphragm is in fluid communication with ambient pressure at an upper and a lower surface of the second diaphragm. The piezoresistive elements corresponding to the second diaphragm are electrically connected to the piezoresistive elements of the first diaphragm so as to compensate the output of the second diaphragm with respect to the output of the first diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Measurement Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Wagner, Natasha V. Kachenko, James H. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10373838
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic sampling of a sample for the determination of chemical element concentrations and control of semiconductor processes are described. A system embodiment includes a remote sampling system configured to collect a sample of phosphoric acid at a first location, the remote sampling system including a remote valve having a holding loop coupled thereto; and an analysis system configured for positioning at a second location remote from the first location, the analysis system coupled to the remote valve via a transfer line, the analysis system including an analysis device configured to determine a concentration of one or more components of the sample of phosphoric acid and including a sample pump at the second location configured to introduce the sample from the holding loop into the transfer line for analysis by the analysis device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ELEMENTAL SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle W. Uhlmeyer, Jae Seok Lee, Daniel R. Wiederin, Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10363991
    Abstract: A torque sensor system for a pedelec includes an annular gear (6), a planetary gear train (5), a sun gear output shaft (2), a pressure conversion device (9) and a signal processing component (8). The annular gear (6), the planetary gear train (5), and the sun gear output shaft (2) are engaged in turn. The annular gear (6) is driven by the planetary gear train (5), and an applied force signal is transmitted to the signal processing component (8) via the pressure conversion device (9) at an edge of the annular gear (6). The applied force signal is converted to an electric signal by the signal processing component (8) and transmitted to a controller, so as to realize a torque feedback. As a result, a problem that a speed sensor is not applicable to a pedelec when climbing is solved; and a user will feel real and comfortable when riding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NEW ANANDA DRIVE TECHNIQUES(SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongyue Huang, Jian Xu, Weifang Shu, Da Zhuo
  • Patent number: 10364805
    Abstract: Rotary actuator assemblies, wind tunnels including the same, and associated methods are disclosed. A rotary actuator assembly includes a rotary element and a rotary actuator with a shape memory alloy element. The rotary actuator is configured to generate a first torque and a second torque in opposing rotary directions to rotate the rotary element. A rotary actuator assembly further includes an assist magnetic element and a receiver magnetic element configured to generate a magnetic force therebetween. Wind tunnels include an aerodynamic model with a rotary actuator assembly to rotate a portion of the aerodynamic model with respect to an airstream in a chamber. A method of rotating a rotary element includes modulating a temperature of a shape memory alloy element and applying a supplemental torque to the rotary element with an assist magnetic element and a receiver magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas E. Nicholson, Micheal Bass, James Henry Mabe
  • Patent number: 10352755
    Abstract: Systems and methods that use a passive differential optical sensor to measure the level of liquid in a reservoir (e.g., a fuel tank or other storage container). More specifically, the passive differential optical liquid level sensor solves the problem of common-mode intensity variations by employing three optical fibers that will be disposed vertically in the reservoir. The system comprises a side-emitting optical fiber having one end optically coupled to an optical source, a side-receiving optical fiber optically coupled to a first optical detector, and a total internal reflection optical fiber having one end optically coupled to the other end of the side-emitting optical fiber and another end optically coupled to a second optical detector. A computer or processor is configured to perform differential processing of the detected light and then determine the liquid level based on the differential processing results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tuong K. Truong, Dennis G. Koshinz, Eric Y. Chan, Kim Quan Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10352753
    Abstract: Embodiments of a sight port system of the present invention generally include a primary lens assembly disposed within a hot zone of a sight port component, wherein the primary lens assembly comprises a primary lens positioned between two annular flanges; the gas sealed hot zone is defined between a cavity closure plate, which may comprise a secondary lens, and the primary lens assembly; a jacketed heating means is disposed circumferentially around the gas filled zone and the primary lens; the primary lens assembly is positioned adjacent a process stream chamber or pipe segment; and a process fluid flowing through the process stream chamber may be visually observed through the primary lens, and the secondary lens if present. Embodiments comprising two opposing primary lens assemblies are also disclosed. Embodiments of a method of using embodiments of a sight port system of the present invention are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Strom W. Smith
  • Patent number: 10352800
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a piezoelectric substrate having a generally planar structure and an anchor location fixing the piezoelectric substrate at the periphery of the planar structure of the piezoelectric substrate. The planar structure of the piezoelectric substrate has a first region having a first characteristic thickness adjacent to the anchor location, and a second region have a second characteristic thickness at a middle region of the substrate. The second characteristic thickness is less than the first characteristic thickness such that the planar structure in the second region is displaced relative to the neutral axis of the planar structure such that while undergoing bending the second region has either mostly compressive or mostly tensile stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MKS Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas Tadigadapa, Nishit Goel, Stephen Bart
  • Patent number: 10352805
    Abstract: A hinged structure includes a hinge that is actuatable using a hydraulic cylinder. A method of monitoring a load applied to the hinged structure involves leaking the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic cylinder in a way that compensates for expansion of the hydraulic fluid caused by variations in temperature of the hydraulic fluid. The method further involves measuring the pressure of the hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic cylinder. The hydraulic cylinder may be part of a coiled tubing injector. The load applied to the hydraulic cylinder may be used to indicate an overload of the tubing guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy S. Steffenhagen, William Benjamin White
  • Patent number: 10345177
    Abstract: Sensors are provided in reservoirs on internal combustion engines, and other applications, in which the reservoir is subjected to variations in pressure and temperature that cause the reservoir to exert variable forces on the sensor, thereby affecting sensor accuracy. To overcome problems in the prior art, a reservoir and sensor cartridge system are disclosing having: a reservoir with first and second openings, a cap coupled to the first opening, and a sensor cartridge disposed in the second opening. The sensor cartridge includes a sensor disposed in a body, a circumferential indentation formed in an outer surface of the body, a seal disposed in the indentation, and a retention feature provided on the body's outer surface. The circumferential indentation with the seal is axially displaced along the body from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Alex Mitchell, Michael Joseph Giunta, Joshua Putman Styron, Jeanette Madej
  • Patent number: 10343041
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring loft and lie of a golf club head with better accuracy is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention discloses an apparatus that utilizes a high precision camera that focuses on the striking face portion of the golf club head, working in conjunctions with encoders near the shaft portion of a golf club head, to instantaneously provide precision measurement of the loft and lie of the golf club head and feedback to the operator in order to allow for more precision adjustment to the loft and lie of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Chad Arch
  • Patent number: 10345196
    Abstract: A vehicle sensor system includes a fluid sensor configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system and at least partially extend into a gearbox of a traction motor of the vehicle system. The fluid sensor is configured to output data representative of an amount of a lubricating fluid in the gearbox. The system also includes a positioning system configured to output data representative of movement or an absence of movement of the vehicle system, and one or more processors configured to determine the amount of the lubricating fluid in the gearbox based on the data that is output by the fluid sensor responsive to the data output by the positioning system indicating that the vehicle system has not moved or has moved by less than a designated distance for at least a designated, non-instantaneous period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Bret Worden, Jingjun Zhang, David Petersen
  • Patent number: 10343156
    Abstract: Described are pipettes capable of dispensing both high volumes of liquid and highly accurate smaller volumes of liquid wherein the accuracy of the volume of liquid delivered increases along the length of the pipette. Embodiments of the pipette include an elongated body with an outer surface, an inner surface defining a lumen within the elongated body, a proximal orifice at a proximal end, a distal orifice at a distal end. The intermediate portion includes a first generally frustoconical-shaped portion defined by a first inner diameter proximate the proximal end of the elongated body and a second inner diameter proximate a second end thereof. In an embodiment, the intermediate portion includes a second generally frustoconical-shaped portion defined by a third inner diameter proximate the transition to the first portion and a fourth inner diameter adjacent the distal end of the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nalge Nunc International Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Staton, Daniel J. Dwyer
  • Patent number: 10345278
    Abstract: A pressure sensor and its use for visually determining whether a preselected pressure threshold has been achieved, for example during high pressure processing treatment of a foodstuff. The pressure sensor includes a contained color-changing system having a dye, a developer, and a solvent; upon achievement of the preselected pressure threshold, the dye and the developer interact, resulting in a visible color change. Further, the visible color change can be retained upon a decrease in pressure and upon an increase in temperature, thereby effectively recording the achievement of the preselected pressure threshold during the high pressure processing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Chromatic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruizheng Wang, Timothy J. Owen, Lyle D. Small