Patents Examined by Philip Cotey
  • Patent number: 10267582
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for measuring the temperature of a chambered projectile within a firearm are provided. A test ammunition round may include a projectile, a sleeve, and a case including a first end coupled to sleeve, and a second end coupled to the projectile. A thermocouple may be located within the projectile, and an electronic coupler may be coupled to the thermocouple, and extends through the case and the sleeve and exits the sleeve through a slot for coupling to a data acquisition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Stefan L. Englert
  • Patent number: 10260956
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for a time temperature indicator (TTI) which is capable of providing a summary of the time and temperature history of a good to which it is coupled, optionally including with regard to providing an indication as to whether one or more temperature thresholds have been breached. According to other embodiments, the TTI specifically provides an indication as to whether a temperature threshold at or around the freeze point has been breached, optionally even without providing a time and temperature history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FRESHPOINT QUALITY ASSURANCE LTD.
    Inventor: Husein Salman
  • Patent number: 10260957
    Abstract: A time domain integrated temperature sensor described by the present invention adopts a shaped clock signal to control the charging time of capacitors, so that the capacitors generate charging time delay signals related to the cycle of an input clock, and a pulse signal related to pulse width, temperature and the cycle of the input clock is generated through logical XOR (Exclusive OR) operation on a time delay signal generated when the capacitors are charged by one way of PTAT (Proportional To Absolute Temperature) current in an above control manner and a time delay signal generated when the capacitors are charged by one way of CTAT (Complementary To Absolute Temperature) current in the same manner; then, the same input clock signal is adopted for quantifying the pulse width of the pulse signal, the relevance of the obtained quantization result and the cycle of the input clock is completely offset, namely, an output value of the temperature sensor is unrelated to the input clock signal, thereby solving the pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: EXCELIO TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., WUXI EXCELIO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bill Ma, Patrick Bian Wu, Fuqiang Han
  • Patent number: 10234338
    Abstract: A transducer apparatus comprises a transducer housing, a tube as well as a temperature sensor. The tube is arranged within a cavity of the transducer housing, in such a manner that an intermediate space is formed between a wall of the transducer housing facing the cavity inner surface and an outer surface of a wall of the tube facing the cavity. The tube is adapted to guide a fluid in its lumen, in such a manner that an inner surface of the wall of the tube facing the lumen is contacted by fluid guided in the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Alfred Rieder, Hao Zhu, Michael Wiesmann
  • Patent number: 10234439
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring the health and growth of plants in a field. The method and system acquire a thermal image indicative of thermal energy emitted by the plants and process the thermal image to assess variations in the temperatures among the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Airscout Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Harold Sutton
  • Patent number: 10228319
    Abstract: Some aspects of the present disclosure feature a system for sensing a change in environment comprising a MMR sensor and a reader. The MMR sensor is configured to be disposed in the environment. The MMR sensor comprises a magnetic bias layer, a resonator, a spacer, and an environmental change receptor. The reader is configured to measure a frequency characteristic of the MMR sensor after the environmental variable changes and the change to the environmental variable is evaluated based on the frequency characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard L. Rylander, Andrew P. Bonifas, David P. Erickson, Jia Hu, Stephen J. Willett, Chaodi Li, Orlin B. Knudson
  • Patent number: 10209168
    Abstract: A measuring instrument for thermogravimetrically determining the moisture content of a material, which includes a base (12), configured as a balance, with a base surface (22), and a hood (14) pivotably connected to the base. The hood has a weighing chamber lid (50), weighing chamber walls (52-56) and a heating element (44). The hood consists of an electronics module (36) that includes the heating element and an electronic power unit, and of a mechanical module (48) that includes the weighing chamber lid and all of the weighing chamber walls. The mechanical module (48) is rigidly and reversibly coupled to the electronics module so that the heating element, protrudes from a main body (42) of the electronics module and rises through a corresponding opening (58) in the rearward weighing chamber wall (56), with the main body being pivotably connected to the base and surrounding the electronic power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SARTORIUS LAB INSTRUMENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Olaf Dudda, Wilfried Spannagel, Daniel Faerger
  • Patent number: 10203293
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for lightning stroke identification and location on optical fiber composite overhead ground wire. In the method, according to the property that the lightning stroke will cause a sudden temperature rise at the lightning stroke position on the optical fiber composite overhead ground wire, optical fiber resources in the optical fiber composite overhead ground wire and the high-sensitivity detection and high-precision event locating capability of a distributed optical fiber temperature sensor can be fully utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA CO., LTD., GLOBAL ENERGY INTERCONNECTION RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CO., LTD., STATE GRID HEBEI ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lidong Lv, Cheng Zhong, Fengzhen Zhou, Weiwei Miao, Yun Liang, Binglin Li, Jinghong Guo, Ningxi Song, Han Su
  • Patent number: 10195738
    Abstract: Using various embodiments, methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for data collection from a subject using a sensor apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus for use by a subject, the sensor apparatus is disclosed, comprising a sensor configured to capture and transmit data related to movements by the subject and a computing device coupled to the sensor to receive sensor data transmitted by the sensor, save the data in a track in a data file. The data file can have a plurality of tracks, each track saving data of a different sensor. The data thus saved can then be processed by another computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Heinz Hemken
  • Patent number: 10197451
    Abstract: In a system having a thermal backdrop (106) and a thermal illuminator (102), the thermal backdrop includes a body having a top face; a contrast phantom (114) positioned above the top face and aligned substantially parallel with the top face; and a reflective layer (112) located between the body and the contrast phantom and aligned substantially parallel with the top face. The thermal illuminator radiates thermal energy (104) in a first direction towards the contrast phantom; wherein the first direction is aligned with the top face such that when the thermal energy is radiated in the first direction a first portion of the thermal energy is absorbed by the contrast phantom and a second portion (116) is reflected by the reflective layer towards a millimeter-wave camera (118) in a second direction. Furthermore, the contrast phantom has a plurality of different portions (114A, 114B, 114C, 114D), each portion having a different respective thickness along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: James C. Weatherall, Jeffrey B. Barber
  • Patent number: 10190922
    Abstract: Described is a current-mode thermal sensor with calibration apparatus which comprises: a first transistor with a gate terminal coupled to a first node; a second transistor with a gate terminal coupled to a second node; a first resistor coupled to the first and second nodes; a second resistor coupled to the first node and a supply node; a diode coupled to the second node and the supply node; a third resistor coupled to the second node; and a switch coupled to the third resistor and a reference supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthais Eberlein
  • Patent number: 10193046
    Abstract: A thermoelectric generating device includes: a thermoelectric generating element configured to convert thermal energy to electric energy and to output the electric energy; a temperature measuring unit configured to measure hot side temperature of the thermoelectric generating element; and a temperature controller configured to perform control to increase an amount of current returning to the thermoelectric generating element when the hot side temperature becomes higher than predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kelk Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Kaibe, Hirokuni Hachiuma
  • Patent number: 10179652
    Abstract: An active frost warning system for the forecasting and/or detection of active frost conditions by determining the surface or skin temperature of an active frost sensor and comparing the surface or skin temperature with outside ambient temperature and frost point temperature is provided. The system predicts active frost conditions when the surface or skin temperature of the sensor is less than frost point temperature or when the rate of cooling of the surface or skin temperature indicates that the surface or skin temperature of the sensor will be less than the frost point temperature in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Surewx Inc.
    Inventor: Klaus Skjoedt
  • Patent number: 10175120
    Abstract: A method includes measuring a first temperature difference between first heat entry and discharge parts on a first heat transfer path extending from a portion of a surface of the object to the first heat discharge part using a first thermopile, and measuring a second temperature difference between a second heat entry and discharge parts on a second heat transfer path extending from another portion of the surface of the object to the second heat discharge part using a second thermopile, and measuring a reference temperature at a predetermined position on the first or second heat transfer path using a temperature sensor, and calculating the internal temperature of the object using the measured first and second temperature differences, and the reference temperature, and at least one predetermined value excluding a physical property value of a non-heating part of the object located at a surface side of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Nakagawa, Masao Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10166680
    Abstract: Using various embodiments, an autonomous robot using data captured from a living subject are disclosed. In one embodiment, an autonomous robot is described comprising a robotic skeleton designed similar to that of a human skeleton to simulate similar movements as performed by living subjects. The movements of the robotic skeleton are resultant due to control signals received by effectors present near or on the robotic skeleton. The robot can be configured to receive sensor data transmitted from a sensor apparatus that periodically gathers the sensor data from a living subject. The robot can then process the sensor data to transmit control signals to the effectors to simulate the actions performed by the living subject and perform a predictive analysis to learn the capability of generating spontaneous and adaptive actions, resulting in an autonomous robot that can adapt to its surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Heinz Hemken
  • Patent number: 10168231
    Abstract: There is described a system for measuring an environmental parameter such as temperature experienced by a resistive component such as a thermistor (107) in a galvanically isolated circuit, or for measuring the voltage developed by a component. The system comprises a measurement circuit (1) comprising a voltage pulse generator (114). The measurement circuit is inductively coupled to the galvanically isolated circuit by a flyback transformer (101) such that a stable voltage (V104) across a first capacitor (114) in the measurement circuit after many voltage pulses is proportional to a stable voltage (V106) across a second capacitor (106) connected across the component in the galvanically isolated circuit. The stable voltages across the first and second capacitors are adjustable by adjusting a duty cycle of the voltage pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNELEC LTD
    Inventors: Charles Pollock, Helen Pollock
  • Patent number: 10168244
    Abstract: A gaseous fuel monitoring system can include a gaseous fuel supply enclosure, an optical line extending along the gaseous fuel supply enclosure, and a relatively highly thermally conductive material contacting both the gaseous fuel supply enclosure and the optical line. The relatively highly thermally conductive material can comprise a pyrolytic carbon material. A method of detecting leakage from a gaseous fuel supply enclosure can include securing an optical line to the gaseous fuel supply enclosure, the securing comprising contacting a pyrolytic carbon material with the optical line and the gaseous fuel supply enclosure. A gaseous fuel monitoring system can include an optical interrogator connected to the optical line, which interrogator detects changes in light transmitted by the optical line due to changes in vibrations of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Rory D. Daussin, Neal G. Skinner
  • Patent number: 10168232
    Abstract: A non-contact temperature sensor is provided, the sensor including: an insulating film, a thin film thermistor portion formed on a front-surface of the insulating film, a pair of comb shaped electrodes formed on the thin film thermistor portion, a pair of pad electrodes formed on the front-surface of the insulating film, a pair of pattern wiring portions, and a pair of lead frames that is adhered to the pair of pad electrodes on the front-surface side of the insulating film, wherein the thin film thermistor portion is formed in a thermistor forming region arranged on the front-end side of the insulating film, the pad electrodes are formed in an electrode forming region arranged on the base-end side of the insulating film, the front-end side of the pair of lead frames is arranged to surround the circumference of the thermistor forming region in a non-contact manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenzo Nakamura, Masashi Nishiyama, Fumio Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10156483
    Abstract: A temperature sensor that includes a resin coating layer and is high in temperature detection accuracy is provided. The temperature sensor is provided with a resin coating layer that covers: an element body; and connection parts at which lead-out wires are respectively connected to lead wires. The resin coating layer includes an inner layer and an outer layer. The inner layer seals the element body and the connection parts, and is formed of PFA. The outer layer is disposed around the inner layer, and is formed of PTFE that has heat shrinkability and a melting point higher than a melting point of PFA. The outer layer has a rectangular-parallelepiped appearance shape and has a flat outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SHIBAURA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Yoshihara, Michiru Takemura
  • Patent number: 10156484
    Abstract: An exhausted gas temperature measurement device includes a first exhausted gas temperature output portion, a second exhausted gas temperature output portion, an over-correction determining portion, and a measurement value output portion. The first exhausted gas temperature output portion outputs an uncorrected value that corresponds to an output of a temperature sensor. The second exhausted gas temperature output portion outputs a corrected value based on a response lag model. The over-correction determining portion determines, based on the uncorrected value and the corrected value, whether the over-correction occurs. The measurement value output portion outputs the corrected value as the measurement value when the over-correction determining portion does not determine that the over-correction occurs, and the measurement value output portion outputs a value different from the corrected value when the over-correction determining portion determines that the over-correction occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Ono