Patents Examined by Randy Gibson
  • Patent number: 10010467
    Abstract: The load detector includes: first and second beam type load cells which are supported on first and second support bases in a cantilever manner to have free ends; and a mounting part on which an object is to be placed, which includes first and second connection parts connected to the first and second beam type load cells, and which is disposed between the first and second beam type load cells. The free ends of the first and second beam type load cells face opposite directions to each other in an extending direction of the first beam type load cell. The first and second connection parts of the mounting part are respectively connected to the first and second beam type load cells on a side of the free ends of the first and second beam type load cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Sato, Jun Hatcho
  • Patent number: 10012528
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus includes a first weighing device including a weighing platform and a second weighing device including a weighing platform located adjacent the first weighing platform. A small end fixture assembly is supported on the weighing platform of the first weighing device that supports a small end of a connecting rod thereon at a location spaced above the weighing platform of the first weighing device. A large end fixture assembly is supported on the weighing platform of the second weighing device that supports a large end of the connecting rod thereon at a location spaced above the weighing platform of the second weighing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Evan Paul Sachdeva
  • Patent number: 10012607
    Abstract: A method is provided to determine a remoteness of an event of creation of a man-made object made of a cellulose-containing material or a man-made object having on its surface fragments made of a cellulose-containing material and having surface areas with no coating and areas with a coating by means of measured and calculated relative changes of the cellulose parameters in surface layer of the cellulose-containing material at some pair of said surface areas with no coating and under the coating at the moment of study starting and at the moment after a predetermined time interval sufficient for any changes of said cellulose parameters being taken place and calculate the remoteness of an event of creation of a man-made object or its surface fragments according to the time point when there were no said relative changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Oleg Ivanovich Pleten
  • Patent number: 10006800
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for weighing slaughter products, comprising a guide which extends along a conveying path, product carriers which can be moved along the guide and which are configured for suspending slaughter products therefrom, and weighing means comprising a weighbridge. Each product carrier comprises four runners, two of which runners are provided behind the other two runners, seen in the direction of movement. The four runners are configured to roll over the weighbridge along respective tracks during a weighing interval upon movement of the product carrier, which tracks extend parallel to each other, wherein the four runners roll over the weighbridge during the weighing interval and wherein the weighbridge and the four runners are configured such that the runners will roll simultaneously onto the weighbridge and simultaneously off the weighbridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Erik Hendrikus Werner Peters, Gerardus Josef Gertrudis Reintjes, Tim Sander Rijerse
  • Patent number: 10006802
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispersing feed device including: a dispersion table adapted to receive articles supplied from above and to feed the articles to multiple sections on the periphery of the dispersion table; a first elastic unit inclinedly connected to the dispersion table, the first elastic unit having a first natural frequency; a second elastic unit connected to the dispersion table inclinedly in a direction different from the inclination direction of the first elastic unit, the second elastic unit having a second natural frequency which is different from the first natural frequency; and at least one vibrating source adapted to vibrate the dispersion table through the first and second elastic units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Yuji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10001402
    Abstract: Inventory locations such as shelves in a materials handling facility may be used to store items of various shapes and sizes. Described is a modular item stowage system with hardware that incorporates several components that may be readily reconfigured to accommodate changes in store layout, product presentation, and so forth. The components may include one or more of an instrumented auto-facing unit, divider, spacer, and so forth. The hardware may also support onboard electronics such as sensors to acquire sensor data and computing devices to process the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Jozef Gyori, Ismael Medrano, Alexander Michael Frenkel, Punit Narendra Java
  • Patent number: 9989403
    Abstract: A weighing device (101) has a weighing unit (102), a control unit and at least one application unit (110). The application unit is positioned within a secondary unit (104) that also has a receiving unit. The control unit has a unit for transmitting data. The weighing unit comprises load receivers (106) and a power transmitting unit. The secondary unit is placed on the load receivers, leaving a gap between the top side of the weighing unit and the bottom side of the secondary unit. The weighing unit transmits a power signal from the power transmitting unit to the receiving unit of the secondary unit through the gap and a control signal is transmitted from the data transmitting unit to the receiving unit of the secondary unit through the gap. The secondary unit, and in turn the application unit, is powered and controlled in a contactless manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: METTLER-TOLEDO GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Meyer, Guido Schuster, Christoph Beeler
  • Patent number: 9983050
    Abstract: A housing for a laboratory device, having floor, ceiling, rear, side, and front walls, which together form an operating chamber, wherein the front wall is movable upward and downward between a lowered closed position and a raised open position in a linear and simultaneously pivoting manner and, in the open position of the front wall, the operating chamber is open on the front side of the housing. The top wall section having top and bottom wall sections connected about a first pivot axis and transitions in an arc shape to a plate-shaped connection section extending at an angle to the top wall section, or is connected thereto in an angularly rigid manner, and a connection section is hinged in a pivoting manner to the ceiling on the edge thereof distant from the top wall section parallel to the first pivot axis, at a distance from the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: BRAND GMBH + CO KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ettig, Steffen Gehrig
  • Patent number: 9983098
    Abstract: A device for detecting the profile of the rolling surface of a rolling body, in particular a tread of a tire for a vehicle includes a light source and an optical assembly configured for processing a first light beam emitted by the light source. The first light beam is a planar light beam having a divergent course, and the light source is configured for the emission of the first light beam towards the optical assembly. The optical assembly includes at least one first refractive member configured for collimating at least one portion of the first light beam incident thereon into a measurement beam that is directed towards a measurement section of the device to impinge upon the rolling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TIRE PROFILES LLC
    Inventors: Cesare Santanera, Marco Riccardi, Marco Omede′, Giuseppe Zizza, Angelo Zingarelli
  • Patent number: 9983049
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an electronic coaster for estimating amount of calories consumed by a user, through a beverage present in a beverage holder. The electronic coaster comprises at least one weight sensor to measure weight of a beverage holder comprising a beverage and a computing unit to receive the measured weight from the at least one weight sensor, determine weight of the beverage based on the received weight, identify beverage type and a predefined calorific value corresponding to the beverage type, determine change in weight from the weight of the beverage and estimate total amount of calories consumed by a user based on the change in weight and the predefined calorific value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Vijay Kumar, Saurav Labana
  • Patent number: 9981790
    Abstract: A lid system for containers wherein the lid component features sensors for determining the amount of material stored in a particular container. The lid component of the system may be used as a lid at the top of the container or as a base at the bottom of the container. The lid features electronic modules that allow communication with smart devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Isaac Ost, Maher Pedersoli
  • Patent number: 9983044
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing a torque impulse generator which includes a rotational input portion, a torque output portion, an oil reservoir and a torque generating arrangement converting rotation of the input portion to torque impulses at the torque output portion, the method includes: detecting an acoustic signal from the torque impulse generator while generating torque impulses, extracting the frequency of torque impulses from the acoustic signal, and diagnosing the torque impulse generator based on the frequency of torque impulses, to indicate the level of oil in the oil reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Atlas Copco Industrial Technique AB
    Inventors: Anders Urban Nelson, Niclas Mikael Wiklund
  • Patent number: 9976927
    Abstract: A method for checking a connection seal between two elements of a part, includes dipping the part to be checked in a penetrant having a compound suitable for reacting to light excitation; cutting the part at the connection to be checked; and checking for the presence of penetrant under a light capable of exciting the penetrant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Joël Yvan Marcel Robert Berton, Pascal Cendrier
  • Patent number: 9970810
    Abstract: A weighing system and a weighing method are disclosed having uninterrupted weighing functions. A plurality of load cells in the weighing system are arranged so that each load cell has a local small neighborhood, the local small neighborhood being defined by four neighboring points in front, back, left, and right of the load cell and four points on diagonal directions in a matrix. A weighing control module polls the load cells to determine whether there is failed load cell(s), and performs a calculation: W.=f(W1,W2,W3,W4,W5,W6,W7), where f is a non-linear mapping; and W1 . . . W8 represents weighing outputs of load cells corresponding to the eight points in the local small neighborhood so as to calculate an estimated weighing output of the failed load cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: METTLER TOLEDO (CHANGZHOU) PRECISION INSTRUMENT LTD., METTLER TOLEDO (CHANGZHOU) SCALE & SYSTEM LTD.
    Inventors: Guojun Xie, Zijian Zhu, Qi Wan
  • Patent number: 9970826
    Abstract: Temperature sensors using bipolar junction transistors are provided. Examples of the disclosed sensors minimize effects of IR drop and have improved accuracy. An example temperature sensor includes a first branch coupled between a power supply and ground. The first branch includes a first transistor series-coupled with a second transistor via a first node and has a first temperature sensor output via the first node. The temperature sensor also includes a second branch coupled between the power supply and ground. The second branch includes a third transistor series-coupled with a fourth transistor via a second node and has a second temperature sensor output via the second node. The first through fourth transistors are diode-connected and can have an n-well structure or a deep n-well structure. The temperature sensor also includes a voltage sensor having an input coupled to the first temperature sensor output and the second temperature sensor output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: William Xia, Kendrick Hoy Leong Yuen
  • Patent number: 9958354
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for testing one or more layers of a flexible pipe. The method includes the steps of applying a test cycle to a flexible pipe and simultaneously applying the same test cycle to a tubular test layer connected in an in-line configuration with the flexible pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventor: Richard Clements
  • Patent number: 9958401
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a device and a method for determining at least one concentration of coal particles in a gas flow flowing through a channel, wherein at least part of the gas flow having coal particles contained therein is measured by at least one microwave sensor and at least one measurement signal characterizing the concentration of the coal particles is provided, wherein an autocorrelation function of the measurement signal is determined and at least one distance value characterizing a distance of a point of the gas flow belonging to the concentration from the microwave sensor is determined in dependence on the autocorrelation function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Holger Hackstein, Christian Morhart, Dominikus Joachim Müller, Florian Poprawa, Andreas Ziroff
  • Patent number: 9958313
    Abstract: A surgery table load monitoring system utilizing a base member fixed to a surgery table support. The base member is connected to at least one platform structural member to determine load forces due to the weight of a patient on the platform structured member. Detectors are used to indicate particular stresses and generate a signal which may be employed to disable movement of the surgery table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MIZUHO ORTHOPEDIC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Hirth, Sarah Burroughs
  • Patent number: 9958367
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring rheological parameters of a multi-phase fluid is provided. The apparatus includes a static chamber containing a multi-phase fluid having at least a first phase and a second phase. The apparatus also includes a rotor member submersed in the multiphase fluid in the static chamber. The rotor member includes a first set of threads formed on a first portion of the rotor member submersed in the first phase of the multi-phase fluid and a second set of threads formed on a second portion of the rotor member submersed in the second phase of the multi-phase fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS
    Inventors: Jitendra Sangwai, Chirag Khalde
  • Patent number: 9958359
    Abstract: A tire performance testing apparatus capable of reproducing conditions in which tire runs on actual road having a pothole, that is, conditions in which tire hits projection after moving in the air. The tire performance testing apparatus includes a tire running surface, a projection installing surface disposed on the front side of the end of the tire running surface in the traveling direction of a vehicle traveling on the tire running surface and positioned lower than the end of the tire running surface, and a projection disposed on the projection installing surface in such a manner as to protrude upward from the projection installing surface. And the distance between the end of the tire running surface and the projection is so set that the tire of a vehicle traveling on the tire running surface hits the projection after getting airborne away from the end of the tire running surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi Usami