Patents Examined by Peter Macchiarolo
  • Patent number: 9970846
    Abstract: A system for determining dynamic properties of a chassis component includes a first fixture, a second fixture spaced from the first fixture, and a chassis component arranged between the first and second fixtures. The chassis component has a first end arranged at the first fixture and a second end arranged at the second fixture. A shaker system is arranged at the first end of the chassis component. A first multi-axis force transducer is arranged between the shaker system and the chassis component. The first multi-axis force transducer includes at least a 3 degree of freedom (DOF) sensing capability. A second multi-axis force transducer is arranged between the second end of the chassis component and the second fixture. The second multi-axis force transducer includes at least a 3 degree of freedom (DOF) sensing capability. A controller is coupled to the shaker system, and the first and second multi-axis dynamic force transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. McGuire, Jinshuo Zhu, Christopher A. Stirlen
  • Patent number: 9964506
    Abstract: A sensor system for determining a moisture content of a fluid medium flowing in a main flow direction, e.g., an intake air of an internal combustion engine, includes: a sensor housing; at least one moisture sensor situated in the sensor housing for determining the moisture content of the fluid medium; at least one retaining element at least partially permeable to moisture; an inlet opening for channeling moisture into the sensor housing and to the moisture sensor; and at least one outlet opening situated separately from the inlet opening and channeling moisture from the sensor housing into the flowing fluid medium. The retaining element is situated in the sensor housing in such a way that the moisture sensor is acted upon by the moisture via the inlet opening and the retaining element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Kaufmann, Ulrich Wagner, Lukas Hagmanns, Achim Briese
  • Patent number: 9964460
    Abstract: This disclosure provides example methods, devices, and systems for a sensor having a front seal. In one embodiment, a system may comprise a sensing element; a header coupled to the sensing element; a housing coupled to the header; a screen joined to an adaptor and coupled to the housing, wherein a first gap separates the adapter and the sensing element and a second gap separates the adapter and the header; and wherein a stress applied at a front surface of the adapter is transferred to the housing, and the first gap is used to isolate the sensing element from the stress and the second gap is used to isolate the header from the stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis DeRosa, Robert Gardner, Joseph VanDeWeert, Adam Hurst
  • Patent number: 9964512
    Abstract: An exhaust gas analyzing system makes it possible to determine appropriate maintenance timing of sampling pumps in the system, including sampling pumps and provided in a main flow path in order to sample exhaust gas sent from an introduction port, analysis parts provided on the upstream side or downstream side of the sampling pumps and in the main flow path, flow meters provided on the upstream side or downstream side of the analysis parts in the main flow path, and pump abnormality determination parts and for determining abnormality of the sampling pumps by comparing pump flow rates obtained by the flow meters to a predetermined abnormal flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Horiba, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Miyai, Manabu Ito, Masahiro Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9964134
    Abstract: An Internet of Thing (IoT) device includes a head portion; an elongated stress sensor coupled to the head portion, the stress sensor coupled to a surface; a processor coupled to the stress sensor; and a wireless transceiver coupled to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 9964471
    Abstract: A wheel-tracking test device includes a housing, one or more test chambers in the housing, one or more load arm assemblies, and a drive mechanism. Each test chamber is configured to receive and hold one or more asphalt test samples. Each load arm assembly includes a weighted loading arm and a wheel rotatably connected to the loading arm. The drive mechanism is configured to move the load arm assembly from a load position in which the wheel is on a test sample held in the test chamber and a rest position by retracting the loading arm such that the wheel is lifted off the test sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: INSTROTEK, INC., MATEST S.P.A. UNIPERSONALE
    Inventors: Ali Regimand, Danilo Guerini, Lawrence H. James, Paola Maestroni, Andrew Thomas LaCroix
  • Patent number: 9964093
    Abstract: An igniter system for measuring gas velocity and/or gas composition within the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine. The igniter has an insulator body and conductive shell around the top portion of the insulator body, configured so that the igniter can be installed in place of a conventional spark plug. The igniter has two pairs of electrodes, each pair of electrodes providing a spark gap and operable to generate a spark within the combustion chamber. An activation and measurement unit is operable to generate a sustained arc in each spark gap, and to measure the voltage, current and capacitance in a measurement circuit associated with each spark gap. From various electrical measurements, the velocity and composition of the gas in the combustion chamber can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jess W. Gingrich, Manfred Amann, Barrett W. Mangold
  • Patent number: 9958368
    Abstract: A rotary rheometer is disclosed that includes improved control logic. This logic can provide continuously sampled force control logic, compliance control logic, adaptive control logic, anti-windup logic, and/or inertial correction logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Malvern Instruments Limited
    Inventors: John Paul Wilkinson, Ian Pearson
  • Patent number: 9958270
    Abstract: A sensing device comprising a micromechanical gyroscope, the gyroscope comprising an improved sensing device with a micromechanical gyroscope, where the resonance frequency of the first mechanical resonator and the resonance frequency of the second mechanical resonator are adjusted to essentially coincide. The device comprises a feed-back loop connected to the second mechanical resonator, the quality factor of the combination of the feed-back loop and the second mechanical resonator being less than 10. More accurate sensing is achieved without essentially adding complexity to the sensor device configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Anssi Blomqvist
  • Patent number: 9958356
    Abstract: In a process for testing the powertrain of vehicles that are at least in part electrically driven, the voltage supplied to the powertrain is controlled by a controller coupled with a simulation system for the energy storage system in a way that the voltage acts dynamically as for a real energy storage system. The controller is designed with a model based controller design method, with a load model of the powertrain being used in the model of the controlled system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AVL LIST GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver König, Stefan Jakubek, Günter Prochart, Kurt Gschweitl, Gregor Gregorcic
  • Patent number: 9952184
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments herein provide an electrical connection sensor comprising at least one transducer configured to be coupled to a power distribution block, to generate ultrasonic pulses in the power distribution block, and to receive ultrasonic signals based on the ultrasonic pulses, and a controller coupled to the at least one transducer and configured to determine a status of at least one electrical connection in the power distribution block based on at least one characteristic of the ultrasonic signals received by the at least one transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Linder, Bret Alan Orner, David E. Reilly, Jeffrey Stephen Young
  • Patent number: 9952069
    Abstract: A tipping indicator (10) for fixing to a side surface of a packing box (1) includes an ink bag (11), an ink absorber (12), and an outer bag (13). The ink bag (11) includes an ink chamber (11a) internally filled with an ink (G). The ink absorber (12) is ink absorptive and has a different color from the ink (G). The outer bag (13) is formed from a film within which the ink bag (11) and the ink absorber (12) are enclosed. At least part of the outer bag (13) has a visual confirmation region (R3) in which the ink absorber (12) is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9952131
    Abstract: A measurement device includes: a mass measurer that measures a mass of particles in gas; a humidity changer that changes a humidity of atmosphere to which the particles are exposed; and a calculator that calculates information indicating a correlation of the mass with respect to the humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Ryozo Takasu
  • Patent number: 9952111
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a device includes a substrate, a transducer die disposed over the substrate, a cover disposed over the transducer die, and a support structure connecting the cover to the substrate. The support structure includes a port configured to allow transfer of fluidic signals between an ambient environment and the transducer die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: Andreas Froemel
  • Patent number: 9952086
    Abstract: A liquid level detector includes a casing having a first regulatory section and a second regulatory section, a float that has its upward and downward displacement restricted by contact with the first regulatory section or the second regulatory section, a magnet body that is held by the float, and a switch mechanism that is switched between an on-state and an off-state. A first distance from a switching plane to the first regulatory section and a second distance from the switching plane to the second regulatory section are both longer than a length from one magnet end face to a bottom end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9952108
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a multi-axis force sensor which includes a vertical measurement module to measure a vertical component of force applied to a point of application, and a horizontal measurement module to measure a horizontal component of force applied to the point of application, wherein the vertical measurement module has a body horizontally moved by the horizontal component of force applied to the point of application, and the horizontal measurement module measures the horizontal component of force applied to the point of application, based on the movement of the body of the vertical measurement module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: I2A SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pil Won Heo, Gwang Min Gu
  • Patent number: 9945215
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the relative orientation of objects downwell, and especially to determining perforator orientation, involves varying the orientation of an object, such as a perforator gun (302) in the wellbore (202) and activating at least one directional acoustic source (402a-c). Each directional acoustic source is fixed in a predetermined location to the object and transmits an acoustic signal preferentially in a known direction. The directional acoustic sources are activated so as to generate sound in a plurality of different orientations of said object. An optical fiber (104) is interrogated to provide distributed acoustic sensing in the vicinity of the object; and the acoustic signals detected by the optical fiber are analyzed to determine the orientation of the at least one directional acoustic source relative to the optical fiber, for instance by looking at the relative intensity in the different orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Optasense Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Alastair Godfrey
  • Patent number: 9945386
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting the rotation breakaway of a spacer from a compressor rotor disk are disclosed herein. The method includes detecting a disk sensed feature and a spacer sensed feature on the compressor rotor disk and the spacer respectively. The method also includes comparing the timing between the two to a predetermined threshold to determine whether the relative position of the spacer to the compressor rotor disk exceeds a predetermined amount. The predetermined amount may be selected to determine whether an imbalance, rubbing, or binding can occur in the gas turbine engine or to determine whether anti-rotation features have been broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: David Tai Wai Lee, Kwok-Kwong Ben Tse, Kenneth Gregory Thomas, Ching Kai Chan, Jorge Hernandez-Maldonado
  • Patent number: 9945819
    Abstract: A transducer assembly includes an acoustic sensor element and an acoustic waveguide. The acoustic waveguide includes a rotatable acoustic coupler, a tube, and a foot. The foot has a mounting surface that is mountable on a fluid conduit. A circuit assembly couples to acoustic sensor element and provides a diagnostic output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Lowell A. Kleven
  • Patent number: 9945883
    Abstract: A pipetting system includes a rail; a carriage to engage the rail, the carriage movable relative to the rail substantially along a first axis; a pipette pump slidably engaged with the carriage, the pipette pump slidable relative to the carriage substantially along the first axis; and a sensor to detect movement of the pipette pump relative to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nathan Kane