Patents Examined by Randy Gibson
  • Patent number: 10151622
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a combination weighing device in which supply of articles at an article conveyance part is controlled with good precision. A combination weighing device (100) is provided with article conveyance parts (10, 20) having loading parts (11, 21) of articles and driving parts (12, 22) for driving the loading parts, the article conveyance parts (10, 20) driving the driving parts and thereby causing the articles to be conveyed to hoppers (30) arranged downstream in a conveyance direction, a sensing part (60) for sensing, in non-contact manner, a state of the articles on the loading parts, and a supply control part (82c) for controlling supply of the articles by controlling driving of the article conveyance parts based on a sensing result of the sensing part. The sensing part sense, for a plurality of regions along the conveyance direction, the state of the articles for each of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Hirose, Toshiharu Kageyama, Takuyu Kubo, Yoshito Inazumi, Shinya Ikeda, Satoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 10151646
    Abstract: Disclosed is a force sensor and an apparatus having the sensor for measuring weight. The force sensor and apparatus can enhance detection sensitivity by amplifying a displacement of an elastic body having high strength, thereby measuring weight. The sensor includes: a base; an elastic structure provided as a housing disposed on the base, and downwardly deformed when weight is applied to the elastic structure; an adjusting member coupled to an upper surface of the elastic structure by penetrating the upper surface; a lever disposed below the elastic structure, and amplifying a displacement of the elastic structure transferred via the adjusting member by being in contact with the adjusting member; a sensor disposed above the base, and generating an electric signal indicative of a distance from the sensor to the lever; and a circuit board disposed between an upper surface of the base and a lower surface of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: i2A SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pilwon Heo, Gwangmin Gu
  • Patent number: 10145723
    Abstract: A dispenser having an interior portion that is dimensioned for receiving a wheeled cart that is configured for storing items to be dispensed from the dispenser. The cart may, for example, be supported by at least two non-swiveled wheels disposed adjacent a first end of the cart and at least one swiveled wheel disposed adjacent a second end of the cart. In particular embodiments, the dispenser includes a pivotable wheel support that is adapted for: (A) supporting the cart's non-swiveled wheels; and (B) while supporting these non-swiveled wheels in respective, substantially fixed positions relative to the pivotable wheel support, pivoting from: (1) a first position in which the cart is positioned outside the dispenser; to (2) a second position in which the cart is positioned within the dispenser's interior. This may assist in loading the cart into the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Product Achievements, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Fitzgerald, Kyle Joiner, Ward P. Broom
  • Patent number: 10139211
    Abstract: An ammunition can that provides a user with a count of stored ammunition, includes a housing and a window formed on one side of the housing to provide a visual indication of the count of the stored ammunition. The window extends from the top side to a bottom side of the housing, to provide a clear sampling view of the stored ammunition. A scale, disposed in close proximity to the window, provides a more accurate visual indication of the count of the stored ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Ralph C. Tillinghast, Michael T. Wright, Ryan Saalman
  • Patent number: 10138782
    Abstract: A microchip oxygen sensor for sensing exhaust gases from a combustion process, and related methods. The microchip oxygen sensor includes a dielectric substrate and a heater pattern affixed to the substrate. A first electrode is affixed to the substrate and has a first plurality of fingers forming a first comb. A second electrode is affixed to the substrate and has a second plurality of fingers forming a second comb. The second electrode is disposed in spaced relation to the first electrode such that the first and second combs face each other. A semiconducting layer is disposed over the first and second electrodes so as form a physical semiconductor bridge between the first and second electrodes. The semiconducting layer comprises an n-type semiconducting material or a p-type semiconducting material. A porous dielectric protective layer, advantageously containing a catalytic precious metal, may cover the semiconducting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KERDEA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Ken Ervin Fosaaen
  • Patent number: 10139266
    Abstract: A gravimetric measuring instrument (10) includes a housing (103) and a weighing cell (120), wherein the latter is arranged inside the housing and includes a load-transmitting member (108). The load-transmitting member reaches through a passage opening (111) of the housing and is releasably connectable to a load receiver (401, 501, 1001). The invention has the distinguishing feature that the load receiver includes a fastening element (450), a weighing pan element (440, 540, 1040) and a snap-locking device (460, 1060) for the releasable seating of the weighing pan element on the fastening element, wherein the snap-locking device includes a detent element (461, 1061) and a spring element (462) which engages the detent element when the weighing pan element is seated in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Scheu, Franz Balsen
  • Patent number: 10132675
    Abstract: Provided is a combination weighing device whereby a physical quantity for assessing the quantity of articles loaded on a conveyance path for conveying articles to a weighing part can be accurately sensed in non-contact manner in order to appropriately control the supplying of articles to the weighing part, without the sensing being affected by a structure above the combination weighing device and/or side walls provided to sides of the conveyance path. A combination weighing device (10) is provided with cameras (60) and a plurality of radial feeders (30) for conveying articles to weighing hoppers (50). The radial feeders (30) have side walls (31a) for surrounding sides of an article conveyance path. The side walls (31a) extend upward and along a conveyance direction of the articles. The cameras (60) sense, in non-contact manner, a physical quantity for assessing a quantity of articles loaded on the radial feeders (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Yoshito Inazumi, Yuji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10132156
    Abstract: Downhole distributed pressure sensor arrays include sensor housings each comprising at least one pressure sensor in a pressure housing. Downhole pressure sensors include a housing, at least one pressure sensor in a pressure housing portion of the housing, and at least one isolation element positioned at an outer wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Quartzdyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Leeflang, G. Scott Brown
  • Patent number: 10132673
    Abstract: A livestock management system is provided that spray marks animals for sorting or market weight selection. The system includes a pen area partitioned into a feeding area containing at least one feeder and a common watering area containing at least one waterer. A walk-through scale has an inlet open to the watering area and an outlet open to the feeding area. The walk-through scale has a weighing device that determines if the animal is within the specified set weight for marking. The weighing device determines the weight of the animal as the animal center of mass crosses the center of the weighing platform. The system allows spray marking of the animal to be done in a stress free environment that improves overall growth potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Osborne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George R. Eakin
  • Patent number: 10132672
    Abstract: A force exerted by a load is determined in a force-measuring device (1) operating under electromagnetic force compensation. The device includes a measurement transducer (18, 118) with a coil (20, 120) movably immersed in a magnet system (19, 119) and a force-transmitting mechanical connection between a load-receiving part (12, 112) and the coil or magnet system. A position sensor (21, 28), also part of the device, determines a displacement of the coil from its settling position relative to the magnet system (19, 119) which occurs when the load is placed on the load-receiving part. An electrical current (24) flowing through the coil generates an electromagnetic force between the coil and the magnet system whereby the coil and the load-receiving part are returned to, and/or held at, the settling position. The magnitude of current and the amount of displacement are used to determine the weight force exerted by the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Schrag, Daniel Rupp, Christoph Trautweiler, Hans-Rudolf Burkhard
  • Patent number: 10127776
    Abstract: A cash drawer has a weighing module comprising a plurality of cups; the cash drawer has a front and a rear. The cups are arranged such that four prone note cups, five coin cups and two vertical note cups are provided. The four prone note cups are arranged rearwards of the five coin cups and forwards of the two vertical note cups. A weighing module for a cash drawer is also provided, which comprises a plurality of note cups and coin cups arranged on respective load cells. At least some of the cups are movable relative to respective load cells on which they are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TELLERMATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Philip Ian Rees
  • Patent number: 10126159
    Abstract: A passenger's weight measurement device for a vehicle seat includes an upper rail provided on a lower rail that is fixable to a vehicle floor, the upper rail being movable in at least one of rear and front directions; a load sensor fixed onto the upper rail; and a frame provided on the load sensor and below the vehicle seat. In plan view, the load sensor protrudes from the frame in at least one of left and right directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Takayasu, Shinya Ishima, Shigeru Endo, Kenji Sato
  • Patent number: 10126162
    Abstract: A weighing device includes: a weighing cell which weighs an article and outputs an original signal corresponding to the weight of the weighed article; a filter unit which performs a filtering process on the original signal output from the weighing cell; a controller which makes a waveform of a weighing signal subjected to the filtering process be displayed on a touch panel; and a storage unit which stores at least one of the original signal and the weighing signal, wherein the controller predicts and generates the waveforms of a plurality of weighing signals in a case of performing a plurality of filtering processes having different characteristics on the original signal or the weighing signal stored in the storage unit, and makes the waveforms of the plurality of weighing signals be displayed on the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Chiba, Emi Mizuno, Ken Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 10119854
    Abstract: A weighing chamber base (34) for a precision balance (10) has a weighing base section (98) and two side cheeks (100), which extend perpendicularly from the weighing base section, and which are arranged on opposite edges (102) of the weighing base section outside the draft shield (12). Also, a draft shield (12) that has such a weighing chamber base (34), and has at least one side panel (26), which can be moved between an open position and a closed position. The side cheeks of the weighing chamber base form a section of the side walls (22) of the draft shield (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SARTORIUS LAB INSTRUMENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Otto Kuhlmann, Michael Laubstein, Jan Von Steuben
  • Patent number: 10112444
    Abstract: A wear amount detection device to detect that a tire is in a worn state, during running, without a special sensor. The device includes a rotation sensor detecting rotation of a wheel to measure a speed of an automobile; a signal processing extracting rotation speed fluctuations synchronized with rotation, from a rotation signal detected by the rotation sensor, and obtain a rotation speed fluctuation pattern synchronized with rotation, from rotation speed fluctuations over a plurality of rotations; and a wear state determination configured to obtain, from the obtained pattern, a value of a component induced by a characteristic embodied in a tire of the wheel, the value varying in accordance with a wear state of the tire, to estimate a wear state of the tire, and to output the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Takahashi, Kentaro Nishikawa, Nobuo Masaki, Yasumichi Wakao
  • Patent number: 10107663
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring the inner volume of a cavity. According to one embodiment the apparatus comprises a hollow body coupleable to the cavity, such that the inner volume of the cavity and the inner volume of the hollow body are communicated. A solid body is housed in the hollow body. A detector monitors the position of the solid body. A processor determines the inner volume of the cavity which is calculated from the oscillation of the solid body according to the volume of gas inside the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: Ingenet Automatizacion, S.L., Vidrala, S.A.
    Inventors: Aitzol Iturrospe Iregui, Jose Manuel Abete Huici
  • Patent number: 10107674
    Abstract: A mobile scale including a lower frame having at least one load cell and an upper deck having at least one load cell engagement surface for engaging the at least one load cell. The upper deck is movable from a first position where the at least one load cell engagement surface is engaged with the at least one load cell to a second position where the at least one load cell engagement surface is disengaged from the at least one load cell. Also, a method of weighing and moving a load. The load is placed on the mobile scale described above. The weight of the load is determined using the load cells when the upper deck is in the first position. The mobile scale is then lifted to transition the upper deck from the first position to the second position and moved to a new location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TMS International Corporation
    Inventors: Chuck Mamich, Douglas Blake Norman, Fernando Rodriguez Anton
  • Patent number: 10106333
    Abstract: A conveyor capacity control system includes a conveyor operative to receive granular material at a conveyor intake thereof and convey same to a conveyor discharge with a conveying device at a conveyor flow rate up to a maximum conveyor flow rate, and a granular material container with a container discharge opening oriented to discharge granular material from the granular material container into the conveyor intake, and a discharge gate movable to control a size of the container discharge opening. A flow rate control processor is operative to determine the maximum conveyor flow rate and detect when a discharge flow rate of granular material from the container discharge opening into the conveyor intake is greater than or less than the maximum conveyor flow rate, and increase or decrease the discharge flow rate to substantially coincide with the maximum conveyor flow rate. A hoist control is also provided for a truck box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SeedMaster Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Norbert Beaujot, Owen Kinch
  • Patent number: 10106332
    Abstract: Automatically adjusting the amount of material delivered by a conveyor belt includes measuring the speed of a drive pulley that drives the conveyor belt and determining the weight of material dispensed onto the conveyor belt from at least one material dispenser on a real-time, ongoing basis. Based at least in part upon such speed and weight measurements, an electronic controller repeatedly adjusts the speed of the conveyor belt by dictating the output of at least one motor that drives the drive pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BJ Services, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Naizer, Ronnie Hughes
  • Patent number: 10098355
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically removing dough pieces from overhead dough proffer, weighing the dough pieces and reinserting them back in to the process stream. The weight information is analyzed to determine whether it represents the weight of pieces or the empty scale weight, and may be used to provide a signal proportional to the weight of a dough portion, or group of dough potions in order to automatically adjust the rate at which dough is fed to the dividing mechanism, thereby increasing or decreasing the dough piece weights to maintain the desired amount of dough per piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BAKERY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Hebenstreit