Patents Examined by Quang X Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10800197
    Abstract: Provided is a printing blanket that is unlikely to cause portions uncoated with ink even when the printing-applied surface has protrusions. The printing blanket according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a printing surface to be pressed against a printing plate on which the ink is placed and against the surface on which printing is applied and that is a target of printing. The printing blanket further includes a substrate, an inner coating layer covering at least part of the surface of the substrate, and an outer coating layer covering at least part of the surface of the inner coating layer that is on the side opposite the substrate. The inner coating layer has a smaller Asker C hardness than the substrate, and the outer coating layer has the printing surface on the side opposite the inner coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SHUHOU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kouji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10746635
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a process solution is provided. In this method, a process solution is disposed on a surface of a substrate. A liquid of the process solution is removed to form an inspection sample by a spinning method. The surface of the substrate of the inspection sample is inspected by the surface inspection device to identify whether a residue of the process solution is left on the surface of the substrate after removing the liquid of the process solution. Further, an apparatus for inspecting a process solution and a sample preparation apparatus in inspection are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Sou Chuang, Chi-Wen Kuo
  • Patent number: 10737483
    Abstract: In a digital inking system having an anilox member that carries a patterned metered layer of ink to a digital imaging member, and a doctor blade that removes excess ink from the surface of the anilox member resulting in the patterned metered layer, an overfill form roller in rolling contact with the anilox member adds an overcoat layer of ink on the patterned metered layer for transfer of both layers of ink to the digital imaging member. The overcoat layer of ink uniformly covers all regions of the anilox member and the mattered metered layer of ink, including lands of the anilox cell walls to make the combined layers of ink pattern-free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Jack T. Lestrange, Gregory B. Anderson, Peter J. Knausdorf, Joanne L. Lee
  • Patent number: 10712702
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a conveying member configured to convey paper along a paper path, an image reading unit configured to read a surface of the paper conveyed by the conveying member along the paper path, and a color sample member. The conveying member, the image reading unit, and the color sample member have a first arrangement in which the image reading unit reads the surface of the paper conveyed by the conveying member along the paper path. The conveying member, the image reading unit, and the color sample member have a second arrangement in which the image reading unit reads the color sample member. The conveying member is configured to change the paper path in front of the image reading unit for switching from the first arrangement to the second arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Shougo Fukai
  • Patent number: 10683822
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method and an apparatus which can be implemented with a simplified and inexpensive configuration without causing a misfire in a combustion state. In a fuel-Cetane-number estimation method according to embodiments, a map which specifies a relationship between the Cetane number and a control parameter at which NOx concentration of exhaust gas reaches a predetermined value is prepared in advance. Then, the control parameter is controlled variably to detect transition of the NOx concentration of the exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine, and thereby the control parameter of the internal combustion engine at which the NOx concentration has reached the predetermined value is obtained, and the Cetane number which corresponds to the obtained control parameter is estimated on the basis of the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10668715
    Abstract: This invention discloses an offset printing press for printing securities, which includes an offset printing unit, inspection camera unit, and sheet quality determination unit. The offset printing unit prints a ground tint pattern on a transported paper sheet. The inspection camera unit is arranged upstream of the offset printing unit in the direction in which the paper sheet is transported, and captures an image of the paper sheet. The sheet quality determination unit determines the quality of the paper sheet based on image data output from the inspection camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Funada
  • Patent number: 10401341
    Abstract: A gas concentration image (i.e., concentration vs. position data) in a cross section through a gas plume is obtained. Such measurements can be obtained by using a 2D array of gas sample inlets, or by moving a 1D array of gas sample inlets through the gas plume. By combining a gas concentration image with ambient flow information through the surface of the gas concentration image, the leak rate (i.e., gas flux) from the leak source can be estimated. Gas samples are simultaneously acquired by filling two or more gas sample storage chambers. This is the default operation mode, which is convenient to regard as recording mode. The other operating mode is a playback mode, where the gas samples in the gas sample storage chamber are sequentially provided to a gas analysis instrument. Gas collection via line pixels can be used to compensate for vertical wind speed variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Picarro, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris W. Rella
  • Patent number: 10386766
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image to a recording medium at a transfer nip; a fuser unit configured to heat and pressurize at a fuser nip the recording medium to which the toner image has been transferred by the transfer unit, to fuse the toner image to the recording medium; and a pressing unit configured to press both edge portions of the recording medium in a width direction between the transfer nip and the fuser nip so that a central portion of the recording medium in the width direction becomes lower than the both edge portions of the recording medium in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Sakamaki
  • Patent number: 10359351
    Abstract: A method of electrically measuring the electrical properties of individual particles flowing in a liquid, which method comprises: (i) providing apparatus (3) which is for electrically measuring the individual particles and which has: (a) a fluidic channel (5) for receiving a liquid (6) having the individual particles (4) in suspension in the liquid (6); (b) a first electrode arrangement (8) having at least one measurement electrode (16) and at least one signal electrode (11); and (c) at least one other electrode arrangement (9) having at least one measurement electrode (18) and at least one signal electrode (13); (ii) providing a flow of the liquid (6) through the fluidic channel (5); (iii) applying a first electrical signal through the liquid (6) and along a first conduction path between the measurement electrode (16) and the signal electrode (11) of the first electrode arrangement (8); (iv) applying an electrical signal through the liquid (6) and along at least one other conduction path; (v) comparing the e
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: University of Southampton
    Inventors: Daniel Christopher Spencer, Hywel Morgan
  • Patent number: 10317376
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure provides methods of distinguishing a glycosaminoglycan from one or more other components in a sample by subjecting the sample to size-exclusion chromatography using a mobile phase having a pH of 6.8 or lower. A mobile phase having a pH of 6.8 or lower is found to improve the separation of glycosaminoglycans from proteins during size exclusion chromatography. In some embodiments, improved separation is due to the low pH of the mobile phase causing elution of less dispersed fractions of the protein and/or glycosaminoglycan. In some embodiments, the overlap between protein and/or glycosaminoglycan fractions is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Bioverativ Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Zoran Sosic, Andrew Blum, Bing Guan, Boris Boumajny
  • Patent number: 10281316
    Abstract: A flow measuring device for ascertaining a corrected measured value of a flow velocity and/or a corrected mass flow of a medium, especially a gas, in a measuring tube, including: an apparatus for ascertaining a first measured value of flow velocity and/or mass flow of the medium by thermal, mass flow measurement; an apparatus for ascertaining velocity of sound and/or frequency dependent damping of an acoustic signal, especially an ultrasonic signal, in the medium and/or an apparatus for ascertaining an optical, wavelength dependent absorption of an optical and/or excited fluorescence of the medium, and an evaluation unit for correcting the ascertained first measured value of mass flow or flow velocity based on the ascertained sound velocity values and/or the frequency dependent, ascertained damping values of the acoustic signal and/or the ascertained absorption values of the optical signal and/or the florescence values of the medium, and method for ascertaining a corrected measured value of flow velocity and/
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Paul Ceglia, Achim Wiest, Oliver Brumberg
  • Patent number: 10272667
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a squeegee blade holder has a first side member, a second side member, and a pivot portion between the first and second side members. The holder also includes a separator between the first and second side members for maintaining compression of the side members against the squeegee blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: M&R Printing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Hoffman, Jr., Boguslaw W. Magda, Jerzy J. Podstawka, Remigiusz Kryszczuk
  • Patent number: 10265943
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a flexographic printing plate having high ink transferability and making it possible to perform printing with a high ink density in a solid portion, a flexographic printing plate precursor, a method for manufacturing a flexographic printing plate, and a method for manufacturing a flexographic printing plate precursor. A flexographic printing plate of the present invention includes a relief layer including a non-image area and an image area having an uneven structure formed on a surface, in which the uneven structure is composed of recessed portions consisting of a plurality of grooves and projecting portions other than recessed portions, each of the plurality of grooves has a length of at least 30 ?m, all of the plurality of grooves are grooves having a line edge roughness in a range of 0.5 to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Mamoru Kuramoto, Yosuke Matsumoto, Seiichiro Morikawa
  • Patent number: 10234808
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a sheet bundle binding device capable of easily removing some sheets from a sheet bundle that has been subjected to staple-free binding. A corner Sc of a first sheet bundle which is accumulated on a processing tray is subjected to proper binding using a staple needle by a staple binding unit. Then, a corner of a second sheet bundle obtained by accumulating additional sheets on the first sheet bundle is pressed and deformed between crimping toothed parts of a staple-free binding unit to temporarily bind the second sheet bundle. Thus, the additional sheets can easily be removed from the second sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ishihara, Takashi Saito, Isao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10234433
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sampler for providing a sample for high-performance liquid chromatography, in which a volume of liquid to be taken up into a cylinder can be aspirated by means of a first drive and can be compressed to a high pressure level by means of a second drive independent of the first drive or can be decompressed from this level in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dionex Softron GmbH
    Inventors: Adolf Satzinger, Hermann Hochgraeber, Thomas Armin Alexander Eichorn
  • Patent number: 10228273
    Abstract: A solar wireless autofill system is presented. The solar wireless autofill system can include a liquid level sensor to sense a level of liquid in a container and a wireless transmitter to receive the level of liquid in the container from the liquid level sensor and to send a signal to a receiver when the level of liquid in the container is below a predefined level. The signal is not sent to the receiver when the liquid in the container is in motion. The receiver can receive the signal and cause additional liquid to be added to the container in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: George Rauchwerger
  • Patent number: 10209661
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a conveying member, an image forming unit, an image reading unit, a background member and a color sample member. The image reading unit reads a surface of long paper being conveyed by the conveying member, the surface having an image formed by the image forming unit. The long paper is conveyed by the conveying member to pass through between the image reading unit and the background member and avoid passing through between the image reading unit and the color sample member. A switch between a first arrangement where the image reading unit faces the background member via the long paper and a second arrangement where the image reading unit faces the color sample member is made by moving the image reading unit or by moving the background member, the color sample member and the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Shougo Fukai
  • Patent number: 10203313
    Abstract: A hydrogen sensor includes a hydrogen-sensing unit and a transistor connected to the hydrogen-sensing unit. The hydrogen-sensing unit includes a substrate made of an elastic material, a thin film made of transition metal or alloy thereof, disposed on the surface of the substrate and having a plurality of nanogaps formed therein, and an electrode formed on the thin film. The hydrogen-sensing unit is connected with a source (or drain) or a gate of the transistor via a connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University
    Inventors: WooYoung Lee, Seongil Im, YoungTack Lee, HwaeBong Jung
  • Patent number: 10191433
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a first sensor configured to output a signal in response to detecting passage of each sheet fed by a sheet feeder, a second sensor configured to output a signal in response to detecting passage of each sheet re-conveyed by a re-conveyance unit, and a controller configured to acquire a passing time period during which a preceding sheet fed by the sheet feeder is passing through the first sensor, based on the signal from the first sensor, determine an adjustment time period between a time when a leading end of the preceding sheet re-conveyed by the re-conveyance unit is detected based on the signal from the second sensor and a time for the sheet feeder to feed a subsequent sheet toward the image forming unit, and control the sheet feeder to feed the subsequent sheet toward the image forming unit with timing adjusted based on the determined adjustment time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10185272
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier that holds an image, which is formed by developing a latent image and which is transferred onto a recording medium, a developing device that is disposed adjacent to the image carrier and that develops the latent image, a light-reflection-type sensing unit that is disposed below the developing device in a vertical direction and that detects the image on the image carrier, and a guiding member that guides the recording medium, which is transported between the developing device and the sensing unit, and that covers an upper side of the sensing unit in the vertical direction in a state where a space is ensured on an optical path of the sensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gen Nakajima