Patents Examined by Peter Macchiarolo
  • Patent number: 9915224
    Abstract: An engine testing system comprises a rotary absorber that provides a variable resistance to an engine under test and heats coolant from a cold reservoir. A hot reservoir coupled to rotary absorber stores the heated coolant for later (or concurrent) use. Moreover, an organic Rankine cycle turbine-generator device is coupled to the hot reservoir, which converts heat from heated coolant into electrical power. A conditioning system is coupled to the organic Rankine cycle turbine-generator device that cools the coolant for storage in the cold reservoir. The available captured waste energy may be augmented with waste energy that is also available during engine testing. The additional waste energy may be in the form of exhaust gases, thrust, heat from engine coolant systems, residual engine heat, radiant or convective waste heat, friction etc. Variations of the above system may replace the primary energy re-capture from other than a rotary absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SYMBRIUM, INC.
    Inventor: G. Wesley Blankenship
  • Patent number: 9908372
    Abstract: A pneumatic tire includes: one fastener among a pair of mechanical fasteners that are separated into two in a region of a range from a bead tip to the maximum width position of a tire at a tire inner surface; and an electronic circuit device with another fastener that is to be engaged with the one fastener, the electronic circuit device being secured to the tire inner surface by fitting the two fasteners. In the pneumatic tire with such a configuration, even in the case where the electronic circuit device is mounted on the tire inner surface and liquid such as puncture repair liquid is injected in the tire at puncture, there is no possibility of damaging the electronic circuit device due to adhesion of the liquid to the electronic circuit device such as an air pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ayako Jyouza, Atsushi Tanno
  • Patent number: 9909953
    Abstract: An impact-acoustic method for testing a tire is provided along with a tire anomaly detection system in which an actuatable impactor is provided with an acoustic transducer and a force transducer. A plurality of discriminator quantities is calculated from acoustic signals and force signals and the calculated discriminator quantities are compared with stored discriminator quantities to determine whether an anomaly is present in the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Qin Shen, Gheorghe Bunget, Frank Gramling, David Judd, Thomas Kurfess
  • Patent number: 9903777
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a pressure transducer includes a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion. The third portion is positioned in a cavity contained in the second portion. In addition, a seal is placed in the cavity. The first portion and second include provisions for applying a downward pressure on the third portion when the first portion and the second portion are joined. The downward pressure is applied by the third portion to the seal the cavity. The first portion also includes a stop and the second portion also includes a snap member. The snap member includes a prong that contains a first edge and a second edge. The snap member allows movement of the first portion after the first edge of the prong meets the stop and restricts movement of the first portion after the second edge of the prong meets the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Lavado, Amin Younes, Stephanie Altrui, Christian Pellon, Timothy Janek
  • Patent number: 9903846
    Abstract: A device and associated method can detect hydrocarbon gas with at least a control module having a plurality of different gas detection means housed in a mobile enclosure, the control module configured to activate at least two different gas detection means to provide amounts and types of gases present in a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: IBALL INSTRUMENTS LLC
    Inventor: Carl Bright
  • Patent number: 9899108
    Abstract: A remote seal connection includes an outer sleeve, configured to be inserted through a penetration in a wall and having an outer surface. A capillary is within the outer sleeve and carries a fluid configured to communicate a pressure from a remote seal to a pressure transmitter. A space is provided about the capillary and is positioned between the capillary and the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Len Wiater
  • Patent number: 9897563
    Abstract: A sensor system that measures at least one parameter of water includes an electronics subsystem and includes a sensor housing electrically and mechanically coupled to the electronics subsystem. The sensor housing encloses a chamber that receives water via at least one inlet and that releases water via at least one outlet. At least one sensor has at least one electrode exposed to water in the chamber. A flow generator causes water to flow through the chamber. A plurality of objects within the chamber move in response to the water flow and abrasively clean the at least one electrode. Preferably, the sensor system includes a chlorine sensor having at least two electrodes. The electronics subsystem applies a first differential voltage between the two electrodes during a measurement interval and then applies a second differential voltage between the two electrodes during an interval following the measurement interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael A. Silveri
  • Patent number: 9897507
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying a work piece center of mass includes coupling a work piece to a manipulator assembly. The manipulator assembly includes a force and torque sensor. The work piece is positioned in at least two different orientations relative to a gravity vector with the manipulator assembly. The at least two different orientations include at least first and second orientations. In the first orientation the force and torque sensor measures a first torque and at least a first force associated with the work piece in the first orientation. In the second orientation the force and torque sensor measures a second torque associated with the work piece in the second orientation. The work piece center of mass is identified according to at least the measured first and second torques and at least the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Anthony R. Vulcano
  • Patent number: 9897590
    Abstract: A device for capturing a breath sample has a mouthpiece with a chamber that receives a breath sample through a breath inlet aperture. The device further includes a pump assembly with a pump that draws a portion of the breath sample from the chamber and discharges the portion of the breath sample to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: GM Nameplate, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Rodriguez, Stephen M. Bailey, David A. Herrin, Gordon W. Lam
  • Patent number: 9897477
    Abstract: A delivery unit for extracting liquid additive from a tank can be mounted on the tank and includes a fill level sensor for measuring the fill level of liquid additive in the tank. The fill level sensor is set up to emit waves into an emission region of the tank, and the fill level can be measured by using a propagation time measurement of the waves reflected by a liquid surface and striking the fill level sensor again. At least one first reference surface extends at least partially into the emission region and is at a first distance from the fill level sensor. The at least one first reference surface is disposed on a separate calibration component mounted on an outer side of a housing of the delivery unit. A tank for storing liquid additive, a motor vehicle and a method for monitoring a fill level are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Georges Maguin, Cheikh Diouf, Sven Schepers, Jan Hodgson
  • Patent number: 9897078
    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: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas E. Nicholson, Micheal Bass, James Henry Mabe
  • Patent number: 9890725
    Abstract: A constant current circuit is controlled to stop a constant current Ics (Ics=0) flowing between sensor electrodes of an oxygen sensor, in a period before the oxygen sensor becomes active, during a fuel cut of an engine, and after the engine stops. When an abnormality (for example, a failure) occurs in the constant current circuit, a sensor output equivalent to an output of the oxygen sensor of when the constant current circuit is controlled to stop the constant current Ics is different from a normal sensor output. An abnormality diagnosis is executed to determine a presence or absence of the abnormality in the constant current circuit depending on whether the output of the oxygen sensor is out of a predetermined normal range, in a period before the oxygen sensor becomes active, during a fuel cut of an engine, and after the engine stops (when the constant current circuit is controlled to stop the constant current Ics).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikiyasu Matsuoka, Shingo Nakata
  • Patent number: 9890677
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a total emissions amount from a facility includes an emissions module structured to interpret data indicative of an emissions amount from a test cell system in the facility; an emissions threshold module structured to aggregate the emissions amount from each test cell system in the facility to determine a total emissions amount for the facility and compare the total emissions amount to a predetermined threshold for the facility; and an aftertreatment system control module structured to selectively control a component in an aftertreatment system associated with each test cell system responsive to the comparison of the total emissions amount to the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Adams, Brian K. Rout, Duane A. Kruer
  • Patent number: 9891131
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cooling system and method for a reciprocating mandrel in a blowout preventer test system that provides coolant to the mandrel through a majority of its stroke. The system includes an inner coolant tube and an outer coolant tube, with both tubes inserted into a mandrel inner bore. The inner coolant tube is fixed in position on a base and not attached to the mandrel. The outer coolant tube is fixed in position and attached to the mandrel. The outer coolant tube slidably and optionally sealingly engages the inner coolant tube throughout the mandrel stroke. Coolant can flow through the base, upward through an inner volume of the inner coolant tube, and into an inner volume of the outer coolant tube and out of coolant openings in the outer coolant tube to flow on the inner bore surfaces of the mandrel to cool the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BAY WORX LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Shawn Zilai, Charles Horace Camp
  • Patent number: 9892304
    Abstract: A fingerprint identification device includes a fingerprint identification controller and a fingerprint identification sensor. The fingerprint identification sensor includes a substrate having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, and a side surface coupled between the top surface and the bottom surface. Sensor electrodes are arranged on the top surface, electrical leads couple the sensor electrodes and the fingerprint identification controller. The coupling leads extend from the top surface along the side surface to the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: INTERFACE OPTOELECTRONICS (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., GENERAL INTERFACE SOLUTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Chun-Te Chang, Chia-Chun Tai, Wei-Chung Chuang, Yen-Heng Huang
  • Patent number: 9891081
    Abstract: A method for producing a sensor housing comprises forming three seals including a first annular seal and a second annular seal connected to each other by a connecting web formed materially integral in a unipartite fashion with the first annular seal and the second annular seal, and positioning the first annular seal and the second annular seal on a housing shell of the sensor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Henzler, Alexander Herrmann, Wolfgang Woernle, Benjamin Bertsch
  • Patent number: 9891151
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drilling-resistance measuring device (10) and to a method for material testing in a humid environment or underwater. The drilling-resistance measuring device (10) comprises a housing (1), in which a drive and a drill chuck (3) coupled to the drive are arranged, in which drill chuck a drilling needle (4) is or can be releasably held, wherein the housing (1) has a drilling-needle outlet opening (5?) enclosed by a drilling-needle outlet guide (5), through which drilling-needle outlet opening the drilling needle (4) extends out of the housing (1). The drilling-resistance measuring device (10) comprises at least one water-tight bellows (6), which is arranged in the interior of the housing (1) around the drilling needle (4) between the drill chuck (3) and the drilling-needle outlet guide (5), wherein moisture or water can enter the bellows (6) through the drilling-needle outlet opening (5?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: IML Instrumenta Mechanik Labor GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Hunger, Sebastian Hunger, Fabian Hunger
  • Patent number: 9891130
    Abstract: A system for testing a pressure sensor of a seat includes a loading device and a processor. The loading device removably applies weight to the seat. The processor receives a measurement of a pre-installation pressure offset of a bladder of the pressure sensor measured before installation of the pressure sensing assembly into the seat. The processor is programmed to receive a weighted measurement from the pressure sensor in the seat when the loading device applies weight to the seat and an empty seat measurement from the pressure sensor in the seat when the loading device does not apply weight to the seat. The processor determines a threshold value by subtracting the empty seat measurement from the weighted measurement. The processor determines a seat pressure offset value by subtracting the pre-installation pressure offset value from the threshold value. The processor compares the seat pressure offset value to a selected range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jon Larkins, William Jerome Olsen, Keith Richard Warner, Ryan Ritter
  • Patent number: 9891128
    Abstract: According to the invention, a pressure receiving space of a pressure sensor is prevented from being charged. In the pressure sensor, a diaphragm is mounted on a base fixed in a cover to form the pressure receiving space in which oil is sealed. A semiconductor pressure detection device is provided in the pressure receiving space, and adjustment lead pins and an earth-terminal lead pin are connected to terminals of the semiconductor pressure detection device by bonding wires. A wiring substrate is provided with the base of the pressure receiving space interposed and faces the base, and a metal foil is provided such that one or more lead pins of the adjustment lead pins and the earth-terminal lead pin are electrically connected in the wiring substrate. Therefore, the charging of the insulative medium sealed in the pressure receiving space is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIKOKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohisa Aoyama, Hiroshi Ito, Motohisa Mukai
  • Patent number: 9891132
    Abstract: For detected smallest leak in closed containers, which are at least to a part filled with a gas, the container (1) is pressurized by a test gas (g(s)) for an amount of time. The test gas (g(s)) comprises a gas species (s). The amount of the addressed gas species (s) which has penetrated in the container 1 it is sensed (7) as a leak indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: WILCO AG
    Inventor: Anton Wertli