Patents Examined by Punam Roy
  • Patent number: 10215741
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and products for evaluating a fluid. Methods include introducing a sample comprising the fluid to a solvating fluid at a point in a chamber associated with the instrument at a first time to create a heterogeneous admixture; measuring concentrations of each of a plurality of components in the admixture at a plurality of distances from the point in the chamber at, at least one additional time later than the first time, each of the plurality of distances being non-zero; and estimating a relative concentration for each of the plurality of components in the fluid by extrapolating the relative concentration of each of the plurality of components in the sample at the point at the first time using the measured concentrations in the admixture at the plurality of distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Rocco DiFoggio
  • Patent number: 10145828
    Abstract: An automatic sensor excitation voltage adjustment feature, a multi-range concentration feature, a single calibration feature and a barrier circuit feature. The automatic sensor excitation voltage adjustment feature includes a transmitter having a transmitter microprocessor that provides an initial voltage to a sensor having a sensor microprocessor. As the voltage changes a correction signal is relayed from the sensor microprocessor to the transmitter microprocessor. The correction signal is used to adjust the voltage applied to the sensor. The multi-range concentration sensor feature includes an amplifier associated with the sensor/microprocessor to create gain settings used to optimize sensor resolution by changing a gain value for the sensor. This enables use of a single sensor for a variety of different concentration ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Scott Technologis, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Edwin Mealy, Jr., Fatos Adami, Nicholas Anthony DeBlasio, Byron Eugene McLendon, Keli Chalfant Merkel, Edward Russell Propst, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10137851
    Abstract: The MEMS sensor of the invention has movable and fixed components for measuring acceleration in a rotational mode in a direction in-plane perpendicular to spring axis. The components include an element frame, a substrate, a proof-mass a spring connected to the proof-mass and to the substrate, and comb electrodes. The MEMS sensor is mainly characterized by an arrangement of the components causing an inherent sensitivity for measuring accelerations in a range covering longitudinal and transversal accelerations. One or more of the components are tilted compared to the element frame. The semiconductor package of the invention comprises at least one MEMS sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ville-Pekka Rytkönen, Matti Liukku
  • Patent number: 10132727
    Abstract: Method for monitoring the odorous emissions of a plurality of zones (2, 3, 4, 5) of a given site (6); the method provides for the use of an electronic nose, and comprises a plurality of selective feeding steps, during each of which a respective sample coming from a relative zone is selectively conveyed to the electronic nose so as not to convey other gas samples coming from other zones to the electronic nose; according to some aspects of the invention, the selective feeding steps are repeated several times and the order of succession of the selective feeding steps is modified so as to control zones of particular interest more often.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICA IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
    Inventor: Marco Remondini
  • Patent number: 10132784
    Abstract: An automatic sensor excitation voltage adjustment feature, a multi-range concentration feature, a single calibration feature and a barrier circuit feature. The automatic sensor excitation voltage adjustment feature includes a transmitter having a transmitter microprocessor that provides an initial voltage to a sensor having a sensor microprocessor. As the voltage changes a correction signal is relayed from the sensor microprocessor to the transmitter microprocessor. The correction signal is used to adjust the voltage applied to the sensor. The multi-range concentration sensor feature includes an amplifier associated with the sensor/microprocessor to create gain settings used to optimize sensor resolution by changing a gain value for the sensor. This enables use of a single sensor for a variety of different concentration ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Edwin Mealy, Jr., Fatos Adami, Nicholas Anthony DeBlasio, Byron Eugene McLendon, Keli Chalfant Merkel, Edward Russell Propst, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10132789
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for detecting gas (4) in a high-voltage device (3) filled with an insulating medium (2) comprises an inlet (5) for introducing a carrier gas (16) and an outlet (6) for discharging a carrier gas (16); at least one gas sensor (12) for detecting a gas (4); a first pump (9) for conveying the carrier gas (16) in the apparatus (1); a membrane (13) which at least consists of at least one semipermeable material, is at least partially surrounded by the insulating medium (2) and is at least partially subjected to a flow of the carrier gas (16); a second pump (10) for conveying the carrier gas (16) into the apparatus (1) and for conveying the carrier gas (16) out of the apparatus (1); wherein there is no valve which can be used to convey the carrier gas (16) into the apparatus (1) or out of the apparatus (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MASCHINENFABRIK REINHAUSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Hollunder, Martin Kubiczek, Juergen Schuebel, Karsten Viereck
  • Patent number: 10113900
    Abstract: A radar level gauge comprising a physical communication interface bi-directional communication of data structured according to either a first digital communication protocol or a second digital communication protocol, first communication circuitry for communicating measurement data from the field device, second communication circuitry for enabling configuration of the field device, protocol identification circuitry connected to the communication interface for intercepting data and configured to parse intercepted data to identify the digital communication protocol, and control circuitry for directing the intercepted data to one of the first and second communication circuitries based on the identified protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT TANK RADAR AB
    Inventors: Par Abrahamsson, Lars-Ove Larsson
  • Patent number: 10113901
    Abstract: TDR limit level switch determines whether or not the measuring probe is surrounded by the filling material on the basis of the positions relative to the transmission pulse that can be read out from the detected measuring signal and on the basis of the associated amplitudes of the reflections of the transmission pulse on the coupling point and on the end of the measuring probe. In this way, a limit level message can be formed in a simpler, more secure and more reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: VEGA GRIESHABER AG
    Inventors: Christian Weinzierle, Levin Dieterle
  • Patent number: 10107670
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium in a container comprising an oscillatable unit for introduction into the container; a housing, wherein the oscillatable unit is connected with the housing such that the oscillatable unit closes the housing terminally; at least one hollow space in the oscillatable unit which is accessible from an inner space formed by the housing; and a driving/receiving unit for exciting the oscillatable unit to execute mechanical oscillations and for receiving the mechanical oscillations and for transducing them into an electrical, received signal. Inventive features including that the driving/receiving unit is present in such a manner in the hollow space and that the hollow space is filled with a potting material in such a manner that the driving/receiving unit is connected via the potting material for force coupling with a wall of the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO.KG
    Inventors: Volker Dreyer, Sergej Lopatin, Benjamin Mack, Alexander Muller, Helmut Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10101193
    Abstract: A fluid level sensor may include a first sound transducer, a second sound transducer, a reference element, a first deflection element, and a control unit. The reference element may be disposed at a predetermined distance from the second sound transducer and arranged in a fluid space of the fluid container. The first deflection element may be arranged in the fluid space to deflect the second sound signals by a first predetermined angle toward the fluid surface. The control unit may establish a speed of sound within a fluid in the fluid space based at least in part on the second sound signals and establish the level of the fluid surface over a base portion of the fluid container based at least in part on the first sound signals, the second sound signals, and the speed of sound within the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Pfeiffer, Claus Webber, Henning Grotevent, Wighard Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10088464
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising an intake, configured to receive an emission from a pharmaceutical, a sensor, coupled to the intake, configured for detecting one or more constituents in the emission, a processor, configured for, collecting data from the sensor regarding the one or more constituents, and analyzing the data to determine an analysis result, and a display device, coupled to the vaporizer component, configured for displaying the analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10073178
    Abstract: A sensor placement structure has: a vehicle skeleton member of a vehicle, the vehicle skeleton member having a hollow cross-section; a peripheral information detecting sensor that is mounted to a vehicle outer side of the vehicle skeleton member, the peripheral information detecting sensor having a detecting section that detects information about a periphery of the vehicle; and a cover that covers the peripheral information detecting sensor from a vehicle outer side of the peripheral information detecting sensor, the cover being composed of a material that is transmissive of a detection medium that is detected by the detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 10074450
    Abstract: A system (100) for controlling the environment in a reaction box (300) comprises a controller (150) configured to control a gas multiplexer (130) to switch between applying an under pressure in the reaction box (300) from a vacuum pump (140) and applying a gas flow from a connected gas source (200) to the reaction box (300) multiple times in a cyclic manner. A particle monitor (160) generates particle information representing a concentration of particles in the reaction box (300). This particle information is stored as a GMP clean room classification notification for the reaction box (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: P M B, SAS
    Inventors: Bengt Långström, Carl-Olof Sjöberg
  • Patent number: 10065853
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor is a body with first and second interior channels connected to process fluid inlets and separated by a barrier. Each side of a MEMS pressure sensing diaphragm in the barrier is fluidly connected to a process fluid inlet. The diaphragm is mounted on a hollow pedestal such that one side of the diaphragm is fluidly connected to a process fluid inlet through an interior channel in the pedestal that is adhesively attached to an annular bottom of a cylindrical cavity inside the body. The other side of the diaphragm is fluidly connected to the other process fluid inlet and is fluidly isolated from the first fluid inlet by the adhesive at the bottom of the pedestal. Deformation of the diaphragm due to a pressure difference between the process fluid inlets detected by sensors on the diaphragm indicates a differential pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Golden, Robert Stuelke
  • Patent number: 10048150
    Abstract: A strain detection element is provided above a deformable membrane. Moreover, this strain detection element includes an electrode and a stacked body, the stacked body including: a first magnetic layer whose magnetization direction is variable according to a deformation of the membrane; a second magnetic layer provided facing the first magnetic layer; and an intermediate layer provided between these first magnetic layer and second magnetic layer, and at least part of the first magnetic layer is amorphous, and the electrode includes a metal layer configured from a Cu—Ag alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Fuji, Hideaki Fukuzawa, Akio Hori, Shiori Kaji
  • Patent number: 10041917
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of detection of combustible, flammable and toxic gases present in the air, particularly any way generated by pipe leaks, such as leaks of gaseous hydrocarbons or evaporation or similar potentially toxic and/or explosive gases. For example a sector object of the present invention is the gas environmental detection, more particularly for safety and protection of operators in gas drilling, extraction, transport and stocking. The present invention described a system of detection of flammable and/or toxic gases, comprising detection elements able to increase the reliability of detection of said elements dangerous for both human beings and the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: IMX S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Mario Bardoni
  • Patent number: 10041872
    Abstract: The present invention places in the field of the maintenance of aeration, conditioning, air-conditioning, etc. plants, and in particular the present invention relates to a method for evaluating the cleaning state of a plant, with particular reference to the atmospheric particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE, TAGLIAFERRI S.R.L.
    Inventors: Domenico Vitulano, Daniela De Canditiis, Vittoria Bruni, Sante Tagliaferri, Fabio Buccolini, Elisa Rossi, Daniele Pigozzi
  • Patent number: 10031047
    Abstract: A metal terminal of a gas sensor includes a forward terminal member and a rear terminal member. The forward terminal member is made of a material superior in heat resistance to and greater in “0.2% yield strength” than a material of the rear terminal member. The forward terminal member has heat resistance suitable for a portion which comes into contact with a high-temperature detection element and is larger in an elastic deformation region than the rear terminal member, thereby providing good contact with the detection element and thus facilitating maintenance of electrical contact with the detection element. The rear terminal member is unlikely to have springback at a signal-wire connection portion to be connected to a lead wire, thereby facilitating maintenance of electrical connection with the lead wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehiro Oba, Shogo Nagata, Shunya Mihara
  • Patent number: 10024768
    Abstract: System, method, and apparatus embodiments characterize potential air emissions during the pig receiver depressurization. The mass flow rate, pressure, and temperature of exhaust gas released from the pig receiver are ascertained using a mass flow meter, pressure gauge, and temperature gauge, respectively. A flow meter and control valve regulate flow of exhaust gas through a sampling line and into a grab sample collection train. The grab sample collection train includes grab sample containers (e.g., piston cylinders, double-ended cylinders, and evacuated canisters) that collect exhaust gas samples over a range of pressures. The exhaust gas samples are used to determine the concentrations of gas components in the exhaust gas over the range of pressures. These concentrations are interpolated and/or extrapolated to provide a concentration versus pressure curve for each identified component in the exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.
    Inventor: David Johnsen
  • Patent number: 10020175
    Abstract: A multiple oil-emission device for hydrocarbon emissions in an exhaust-gas mixture, comprising an exhaust-gas probe, which has a transfer capillary, and a measurement channel, which has an ion source and a filter apparatus having a measuring apparatus. The transfer capillary has a drop-catching apparatus at the tip of the transfer capillary, which drop-catching apparatus comprises a short throttle segment and a transfer segment, which adjoins the throttle segment in a flow direction and is at least ten times longer. The measuring apparatus is connected to an analysing apparatus, which comprises a classifier for vaporous oil constituents and oil constituents in the form of drops. The classifier makes possible a differentiation between vaporous constituents and constituents in the form of drops, which makes robust and accurate determination possible regardless of the operating point because of the collection of constituents in the form of drops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Lubrisense GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Krause