Patents Examined by Peter J. Macchiarolo
  • Patent number: 10724897
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a sensor for detecting vibrations, particularly low-frequency vibrations. The sensor is of a cascaded gapped cantilever construction and may include a single sensing beam extending from a base to a proof mass across the plurality of gaps, a mechanical beam opposite the piezoelectric beam. The sensor may be included in a system including a housing, a support, and electronic components for converting and measuring signal. The sensor may be mounted to an item of furniture, such as a bed or a sofa, and measure physiological data including ballistocardiogram and respiratory data of a subject positioned on the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: National Science Foundation
    Inventors: Yong Xu, Yating Hu, Hongen Tu
  • Patent number: 10724879
    Abstract: A flow measuring device operating on the vortex counter principle, comprises: a measuring tube; a blockage in the form of a bluff body in the measuring tube for bringing about a Karman vortex street with flow dependent vortex frequency; a first pressure fluctuation measuring arrangement for registering vortex related pressure fluctuations and for providing signals dependent on pressure fluctuations; a second pressure fluctuation measuring arrangement for registering vortex related pressure fluctuations and for providing signals dependent on pressure fluctuations. The first pressure fluctuation measuring arrangement is spaced in the longitudinal direction of the measuring tube from the second pressure fluctuation measuring arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Vivek Kumar, Marc Hollmach
  • Patent number: 10718692
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a bi-directional, valve-less sampling port for use with gas sampling bags, wherein the valve-less sampling port has few parts and no moving parts, the sampling port is coupled to a gas sampling bag using a base component that has a portion inside and outside of the gas sampling bag, a cap that is disposed over the base to make an interference fit, an O-ring between the base and the cap that applies a sealing force to hold the gas sampling bag against the base, and a dome seal inside the base and held in place by the cap, wherein the dome seal functions as a one-way check valve to prevent flow out of the gas sampling bag until a sampling adapter is inserted through the cap and the dome seal to provide access to the gas sampling bag for extraction of gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jakob B. Later, Joseph H. Sanderson, Stephen W. Vincent, Douglas W. Later
  • Patent number: 10718643
    Abstract: A suction module for a hand-held power tool includes a motor-driven fan wheel, an intake channel for sucking in dust-laden air, and a collecting container for dust. A flow sensor has a sensor surface, which is formed of plastic and is arranged in the intake channel, an electric field meter facing the sensor surface for determining the electrostatic field strength on the sensor surface, and an evaluating unit for determining a flow rate of dust-laden air on the basis of the determined electrostatic field strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Egon Koenigbauer, Hans Appel
  • Patent number: 10712221
    Abstract: A differential pressure meter (1) whose body (7) includes an inlet opening (7a), an outlet opening (7z), a channel (70), and a housing (16) defining an operating seat (160) separate from the channel (70) and having first and second passage openings (16p, 16s). A sealing casing (2) in the operating seat (160) defining an inner volume (200). A sensitive element (3) is in the casing (2) to divide the inner volume (200) into first and second chambers (4, 5). A first surface (3d) of the sensitive element (3) directed towards the first chamber (4), a second surface (3s) directed towards the second chamber (5). A first pressure intake (4p) formed on the casing (2), the first passage opening (16p) in communication with the first chamber (4), and a second pressure intake is formed on the casing (2), the second passage opening (16s) in communication with the second chamber (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FIMCIM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Cimberio, Tiziano Guidetti
  • Patent number: 10697851
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical fuse is provided and includes a chassis component, an extrusion disposed on a monitored component which is disposable proximate to the chassis component and a sensor. The sensor is mounted to the chassis component. The sensor is mechanically breakable in power-on and power-off conditions by the extrusion as a result of a predefined action of or relative to the monitored component. The sensor electrically signals an occurrence of the mechanical breakage during power-on conditions following mechanical breakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bradbury, Jonathan R. Fry, Michael R. Kane
  • Patent number: 10690536
    Abstract: A multihead weigher that includes a feeder plate for receiving a product supply that has at least one feed outlet at an inner edge of the annular feeder plate. A plurality of staging hoppers is located beneath the outlet of the annular feeder plate. Each staging hopper has a staging inlet and a staging outlet. The staging inlet is located for receiving product from the annular feeder plate. A plurality of weigh hoppers are located beneath the plurality of staging hoppers. Each weigh hopper has an inlet and an outlet. The weigh hopper inlet is located beneath a respective staging outlet; and a collector is located beneath the weigh hoppers for receiving product from the weigh hopper outlets. The collector has a tubular element for receiving a weighed batch of the product from one or more weigh hoppers and the tubular element has a lower dispensing outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH
    Inventor: Clive Bernard Scott
  • Patent number: 10690530
    Abstract: A flow meter for determining the flow rate of a fluid through a conduit, including an upper body having an inlet chamber, an acoustic channel, an outlet chamber, a sound wave generator, and a sound wave receiver. The inlet chamber, acoustic channel, and outlet chamber are fluidly connected together and are oriented so as to create a symmetrical fluid pathway through the inlet chamber, the acoustic channel the outlet chamber. The sound wave generator and the sound wave receiver are aligned along a longitudinal axis of the acoustic channel and the sound wave generator is creates a sound wave that moves along the longitudinal axis of the acoustic channel as fluid flows through the acoustic chamber. The receiver detects that sound wave that has moved through the acoustic channel and such information is used to determine the flow rate of the fluid through the flow meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Johann Reinhold Zipperer, Peter Wongeun Chung, Hans Martin Hilbig
  • Patent number: 10684268
    Abstract: A sensor includes a resonant transducer, the resonant transducer being configured to determine the composition of an emulsion or other dispersion. The resonant transducer has a sampling cell, a bottom winding disposed around the sampling cell, and a top winding disposed around the bottom winding. The composition of the dispersion is determined by measuring the complex impedance spectrum values of the mixture of the dispersion and applying multivariate data analysis to the values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BL Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl Margaret Surman, Jon Albert Dieringer, Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo
  • Patent number: 10682451
    Abstract: Provided is a calibration method for flowmeters in a blood dialysis system, whereby highly accurate calibration can be performed even by omitting a reference flowmeter not directly relating to dialysis therapy. This calibration method comprises: while preventing outflow into a blood channel in a blood purifier, supplying a liquid to a channel, said channel passing through an inflow flowmeter and an outflow flowmeter; and then calibrating the inflow flowmeter and the outflow flowmeter correction whereby, at the time of liquid supply, a value measured by the outflow flowmeter is equalized to a value measured by inflow flowmeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIKKISO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Masuda, Masato Fujiwara, Hiroshi Nimura
  • Patent number: 10677762
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for inspecting structural integrity of a part. The apparatus includes a body and at least one sensor. The body is movable relative to the part. The at least one sensor is coupled to the body and includes a plurality of nanotubes configured to generate electrical signals when acted upon by an acoustic shockwave propagating through the part. The electrical signals are proportional to an intensity of the acoustic shockwave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 10677734
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for optical measurement of a liquid sample placed in a sample well where the sample in the sample well is exposed to excitation light at first wavelength from an excitation light source, which excitation light generates a collection of singlet state oxygen molecules from donor molecules in the liquid sample, said singlet state oxygen molecules reacting with acceptor molecules in the liquid sample causing said acceptor molecules to emit chemiluminescence emission light at second wavelength, which second wavelength is shorter than said first wavelength, and where the emission light produced by the excitation light is measured with a detector, characterized in that the excitation light source is a LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy
    Inventors: Jukka Tuunanen, Sauli Porttila, Matti Sairanen, Tuomo Von Lerber, Jorma Lampinen, Timo Karmeniemi
  • Patent number: 10677631
    Abstract: A gas meter (100) and like metering systems that are configured for use underwater. The gas meter may embody a positive displacement rotary gas meter having a meter body with impellers that counter-rotate in response to material flow. The gas meter can also comprise an index unit having an electronics assembly to generate a value that equates rotation of impellers with a parameter of the material flow. The gas meter can further comprise a connective interface having a first part and a second part, one each disposed on the meter unit and the index unit, respectively, the first part and the second part coupling with one another to provide data to the electronics assembly, the data corresponding with operating conditions on the meter unit and rotation of the impellers. In one example, the first part and the second part are configured so that the meter unit and the index unit are operable underwater to generate the value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Natural Gas Solutions North America, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Jin Yao, Robert Erling Fowler, Jeff Thomas Martin, Ronald Lewis Strong
  • Patent number: 10670435
    Abstract: A magnetic-inductive flowmeter with a measuring tube and at least one measuring electrode has at least one opening in its circumferential wall, at least a electrode head of the at least one measuring electrode being arranged in the at least one opening. At least one coil pair has first and second coils that are arranged offset to one another on the circumferential wall of the measuring tube in the axial direction of the measuring tube. The first and second coils are arranged at least partially overlapping to one another in a top view of a cross section through the measuring tube. The at least one measuring electrode is arranged in a peripheral area of the circumferential wall of the measuring tube that is located between the first and the second coil of the at last one coil pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Jan Abrolat, Thomas Musch
  • 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
    Inventors: S├ębastien Hentz, Thomas Ernst
  • Patent number: 10656024
    Abstract: A molten material apparatus can include a container including a wall at least partially defining a containment area and an opening extending through the wall. The molten material apparatus can include a protective sleeve mounted at least partially within the opening of the wall of the container. A thermocouple can be positioned within an internal bore of the protective sleeve. A method of processing molten material can include inserting a thermocouple into a protective sleeve fabricated from a refractory ceramic material, and measuring a temperature of material within a containment area of a container with the thermocouple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Curtis Richard Cowles, Gilbert De Angelis, Jeffrey Lee Merriman, Katherine Rose Rossington, Michael Joshua Snyder
  • Patent number: 10646742
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technical training garment configured for use with modular, interchangeable electronics and resistance modules. The garment provides resistance to movement throughout an angular range of motion and tracks biomechanical parameters such as stride length, stride rate, angular velocity and incremental power expended by the wearer. The garment may be low profile, and worn by a wearer as a primary garment or beneath or over conventional clothing. Alternatively, the device may be worn as a supplemental training tool during conventional training protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Gerard von Hoffmann, Belinko K. Matsuura, David G. Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10641747
    Abstract: The subject technology is directed to a CO2-based chromatography system and method for rapid determination of the levels and/or the presence or absence of polymer additives (PAs) leachable or extractable from packing materials or implantable medical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Stephane Dubant, Baiba Cabovska, Andrew Aubin, Michael Jones, Peter Hancock
  • Patent number: 10620091
    Abstract: A pressure simulator is disclosed. The pressure simulator may include a supply inlet, a venturi coupled to the supply inlet by a supply conduit, the venturi including a vacuum output, and a first simulator output coupled to the vacuum output by a vacuum conduit. The venturi is configured to receive a compressed gas from the supply inlet and to provide a vacuum to the first output via the vacuum conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Mark A. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 10611967
    Abstract: An open system pyrolysis of a first hydrocarbon source rock sample obtained from a natural system is performed within a pyrolysis chamber by maintaining the pyrolysis chamber at a substantially constant temperature. Hydrocarbons are recovered from the pyrolysis chamber released by the first hydrocarbon source rock sample. A thermo-vaporization is performed within the pyrolysis chamber on the pyrolyzed sample at a substantially constant temperature. A first hydrocarbon expulsion efficiency of hydrocarbon source rock is determined. A second hydrocarbon rock sample is ground to a grain size less than or equal to or less than 250 micrometers. A second pyrolysis is performed on the ground hydrocarbon source rock sample by maintaining the chamber at a substantially constant temperature. A second hydrocarbon expulsion efficiency of the hydrocarbon source rock in the natural system is determined. The first hydrocarbon expulsion efficiency is verified using the second hydrocarbon expulsion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Sedat Inan