Patents Examined by Randy W. Gibson
  • Patent number: 11128022
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a liquid injection device, including a conveying mechanism, a weighing mechanism, a lifting mechanism and a guide mechanism. The weighing mechanism is positioned below the conveying mechanism. The lifting mechanism is configured to transfer a battery on the conveying mechanism to the weighing mechanism. The guide mechanism includes a first guide plate, a second guide plate and a power member. A distance between the second guide plate and the first guide plate may be adjusted through the power member, so that the liquid injection device may be compatible with batteries with different models. It is unnecessary to perform model change operation when the battery is changed, thus improving production efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Zhang, Xiaohui Zeng, Zhihui Wang
  • Patent number: 11125604
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus includes a combination weighing unit configured to store articles supplied from outside into each of a plurality of weighing hoppers, to select a combination of measured values from a plurality of measured values of the articles corresponding to each of the weighing hoppers such that a total value results in a target measured value, and to cause the hoppers corresponding to the combination to discharge the articles, in which a discharge chute that receives the articles discharged from the combination weighing unit and that supplies the articles to a processing device for a subsequent process is provided, and the discharge chute is provided to be movable between a first position where the discharge chute receives the articles discharged from the combination weighing unit and a second position where the discharge chute is made to be detachable from a frame supporting the combination weighing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Kishikawa, Naomi Imaaki
  • Patent number: 11125607
    Abstract: A fixture includes a crossbar to which a plurality of brackets are attached. Accessories such as wire hooks, shelves, bins, and so forth may be supported by one or more brackets. Each of the brackets may comprise an accessory support piece and at least one load cell arm which in turn is attached to the crossbar. A load cell sensor affixed to the load cell arm generates a signal that is indicative of weight changes to the bracket as items are added or removed from the accessory. The accessory support piece may include features such as tabs that prevent accessories from moving laterally. The accessory support piece may accommodate accessories of different sizes that in turn may support items of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory Kim Justice, Dan Beltzer, Zihui Zhang, Nicholas Franklin
  • Patent number: 11119066
    Abstract: A room temperature nitrogen dioxide gas sensor comprising tin(IV) oxide decorated with gold nanoparticles is described. The tin(IV) oxide may have an average layer thickness of 10-1,000 nm, and is topped with dispersed gold nanoparticles having an average longest dimension of 200-650 nm. The room temperature nitrogen dioxide gas sensor may be used to detect and measure levels of nitrogen dioxide gas at room temperature and at concentrations of 100 ppb-1800 ppm, with a high stability. A method of making the room temperature nitrogen dioxide sensor is also described, and involves sputtering to deposit a tin(IV) oxide layer and a gold layer on a substrate, followed by annealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Qasem Ahmed Drmosh, Zain Hassan Yamani, Amar Kamal Mohamedkhair, Abdulmajeed Hasan Hendi, Mohammad Kamal Hossain, Abdullatif Mohammed Albaseer
  • Patent number: 11097561
    Abstract: An automatic hub type identifying device and a method for identifying a hub type using the device are provided. The device includes a feed roller bed, an electronic belt scale, a transfer roller bed, an identification device, a discharge roller bed and a processor, in which the feed roller bed is configured to convey a hub to the electronic belt scale; the electronic belt scale is in data connection with the processor, and is configured to weigh the hub conveyed by the feed roller bed and transmit the weighing result to the processor; the transfer roller bed is configured to transfer the hub from the electronic belt scale to the identification device; and the identification device includes servo drive devices and micro contact displacement detecting devices connected to the servo drive devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Zuo Xu, Guoyuan Xiong, Jinqi Lv, Zhipeng Li, Zhigao Yin, Chunhai Liu, Debin Tang, Yongning Wang, Zhihua Zhu, Guogang Chen
  • Patent number: 11099056
    Abstract: A module is used to configuring a multi-modular weighbridge. In one configuration, adjacent modules are coupled so that the modules bear as a unit upon the at least one load cell. In another configuration, the adjacent modules are coupled so that the modules bear independently upon associated load cells. In this latter configuration, a fastener assembly that couples the modules has a first fastener portion, affixed to an interior of each of the proximate compartments; and a second fastener portion connecting each of the first fastener portions to the other, the second fastener portion arranged to allow relative vertical movement of the modules while effectively restrictly any relative horizontal movement of the modules. In an embodiment, each first fastener portion has a clevis for receiving a tang provided by the second fastener portion, such that a clevis pin securing the tang is parallel to a horizontal plane of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventor: Craig Draper
  • Patent number: 11092476
    Abstract: Provided is a scaling and monitoring system for remotely weighing, monitoring, and measuring volumes of rubber buffings (also referred to in text as “shavings” or “dust”) produced by commercial tire retreading plants and other materials. The method utilizes a custom scale system installed underneath a shipping container or a semi van trailer, container, or other collection and storage unit or area. The custom scale system feeds weight data to a PLC and VPN/gateway-based control panel which processes and relays information to the Internet, thus allowing all accessible and recorded data to be remotely collected and viewed for the purpose of optimizing rubber dust collection and processing and minimizing overhead costs associated with such processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Spartan Enterrises, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Little, Andy Little, Allen Rider
  • Patent number: 11085811
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a weighing device (1), in particular price labelling device or checkweigher, having a scale for weighing a product in a weighing section (AW), having a conveying device (4) for transporting the product (3) along a conveying region (F) from a start position (Pstart) over the weighing section (AW) to a destination position (Pdestination). To simplify a calibration to compensate for a static-dynamic offset, the invention proposes that the weighing device (1) further has a control device (5) which is configured such that the conveying device (4) can be automatically stopped during its operation in a direction from the start position (Pstart) to the destination position (Pdestination) and then can be automatically operated in a direction from the destination position (Pdestination) to the start position (Pstart). Furthermore, the invention relates to a corresponding method for weighing a product (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Espera-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Jürgen Polomski
  • Patent number: 11085810
    Abstract: A hydraulic mass-determining unit arranged for determining the mass of a load held by a hydraulic fluid system, the mass-determining unit is adapted to be connected to a hydraulic pump at a first fluid connection and a hydraulic actuator of a lifting device at a second fluid connection, the mass-determining unit comprises a first pipe arranged for connecting the first fluid connection and the second fluid connection, and at least one pressure sensor arranged to measure the pressure in the first pipe, wherein the mass-determining unit further comprises a flow regulator with a pressure compensator, where the flow regulator is serially connected to the first pipe to regulate the flow in the first pipe, and one of a pressure switch arranged for measuring the pressure difference over the flow regulator, and for sending a signal to the pressure sensor to measure the pressure in the first pipe when the pressure difference is above a preset value, or a magnetic field switch that comprises a magnet attached to the pre
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GRIPTECH B.V.
    Inventors: Knud-Erik Larsen, Robert Servaas Matti
  • Patent number: 11067432
    Abstract: A commercial-transaction weighing instrument (110) subject to W&M legal controls, configured with a weighing platform (12), at least one load cell (16), a controller (120) with weight-processing (122) and communications (124) modules, and software to be implemented on a general-purpose computer with display and data entry capabilities. The general-purpose computer itself is not subject to legal controls. The weight-processing module receives data from the at least one load cell and generates output data in the nature of weight and legally-required weighment information. The communications module receives the output data of the weight-processing module and further transmits the data to a general-purpose computer (136). Software implemented on the general-purpose computer has program code for establishing encrypted bidirectional communication with the communications module and to operate as the primary display device for the weighing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventors: Eric V. Wechselberger, Barry McDonald
  • Patent number: 11062619
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for monitoring food waste. The system includes a weight mechanism configured for weighing a waste receptacle, wherein the waste receptacle is configured for receiving food waste from a plurality of consecutive disposal events before emptying, a processor configured for measuring the difference in weight of the waste receptacle between each disposal event and calculating the weight of a disposal event based upon the difference and a user interface configured to receive at least one indication categorising the food waste in a disposal event by a user. A method for monitoring food waste is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Hrair Mekhsian, Kevin Duffy, Marc Zornes
  • Patent number: 11054354
    Abstract: Disposition of a wrong liquid for analysis or a liquid for analysis connected to a wrong pipe is detected as abnormal use. A liquid-for-analysis monitor includes: a weighing scale that weighs a container that contains a liquid as a liquid for analysis that needs to be used in analysis; a density storing part that stores a density ? of the liquid for analysis; and a liquid-for-analysis determining part configured to obtain a variation ?M between a weight of the container weighed by the weighing scale before a decreasing operation that decreases the liquid for analysis and a weight of the container weighed by the weighing scale after the decreasing operation, and determine whether the liquid for analysis has been normally used in the decreasing operation or not, based on the obtained variation ?M, a volume V of the decrease in the liquid in the container in the decreasing operation, and the density ? of the liquid for analysis stored in the density storing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Takuya Isoi
  • Patent number: 11054298
    Abstract: A scale controller is in communication with a weighing scale for receiving a weight signal, translating the weight signal into a weight for the animal, receiving a wireless identification signal from a transmitter on the animal, translating the wireless identification signal into an animal identification value, associating the weight of the animal with the animal identification value, and transmitting to a data storage unit a data packet containing the weight of the animal and the animal identification value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SCALE TEC, LTD.
    Inventor: Nicholas Von Muenster
  • Patent number: 11047731
    Abstract: A method to automatically calibrate a load cell without the need to remove the loading on the load cell. This method takes advantage of the fact that weight stack strength equipment uses generally known discrete weight increments, and any signal drift in the load cell can be automatically recalibrated by offsetting the load cell signal to accurately reflect the expected discrete weight increments without the need for unloading the load cell and without the need for a manual recalibration of the load cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Robert C. Burck, Mark J. Kannel
  • Patent number: 11047727
    Abstract: A method for weighing containers arranged inside a holding structure includes providing a holding structure suitable to house in a substantially stable position at least one container, said at least one container including a supporting portion shaped so as to keep the container suspended on the holding structure, bringing said at least one container to a weighing station including a weighing member suitable to weight said at least one container, weighing said at container by means of said weighing member; wherein the weighing step is carried out by moving the holding structure so as to put said at least one container housed inside the holding structure in contact with the weighing member kept in a stationary position, until the detachment of the supporting portion of said at least one container from the holding structure is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Claudio Trebbi, Gabriele Gabusi, Michele Cussini
  • Patent number: 11035719
    Abstract: Systems and methods for scale assemblies for providing nutritional content in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a scale assembly for providing nutritional content, the scale assembly in connection with a client device, the scale assembly comprising: a platform for receiving a food item; a pole connected to a center portion of the platform, wherein the pole applies a pressure to a surface of the client device based on a weight of the food item; a centerpiece having a hole for receiving the pole such that the pole moves vertically through the hole; at least one support leg, wherein the at least one support leg is connected to the centerpiece and provides support to the scale assembly; and wherein the pressure applied by the pole to the surface of the client device is used to calculate the nutritional content of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Esaa Yamini
  • Patent number: 11029192
    Abstract: A high-capacity weighing module has a top plate weldment (10), a bottom plate weldment (30) and a pressure-bearing assembly (20) that is between the top and bottom plate weldments. Motion between the respective top and bottom plate weldments is restricted. This structure aids in easy installation and replacement of a sensor, and integrates the functions of anti-overturning and 360° inspection, and bottom stop. This makes the weighing module much more convenient to install than a conventional high-capacity module, and has a better safety function. The weighing module has advantage in terms of a simplified product structure, reduced cost of manufacture and maintenance, uncomplicated installation procedure, and higher safety and protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Precision Instruments Co., Ltd., Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Measurement Technology Co., Ltd., Mettler-Toledo International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rabin Shrestha, Tom Leahy, Ping Zhang, Ferenc Muranyi
  • Patent number: 11015971
    Abstract: A combination weighing device 1 includes: a plurality of weighing hoppers 6 which receive articles supplied from an outside, weigh the articles, and discharge the articles; a plurality of booster hoppers 7 which are respectively disposed right below the plurality of weighing hoppers 6 and receive the articles discharged from the weighing hoppers 6; and a control unit 20 which calculates a combination of weighed values so that a total value becomes a target value from a plurality of weighed values respectively correlated with the weighing hoppers 6 and the booster hoppers 7, in which the control unit 20 extracts the weighing hopper 6, corresponding to the booster hopper 7 having the article existing therein and capable of using the weighed value of the article in next combination calculation, as a zero-correction target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoru Kamigaito
  • Patent number: 11014762
    Abstract: A contaminated drill cuttings weighing and distributing apparatus includes a frame dimensioned to accept a cuttings skip. One or more vibration members are removably attached to the frame, the vibration members able to exert vibrations sufficient to substantially level contaminated drill cuttings in the contaminated cuttings skip. Load cells are placed in or on the frame and configured to send signals representative of local load on the frame to logic controllers that receive the signals from the load cells and send signals to the vibration members to vibrate the frame. Systems include lifting slings or chains and an enclosed skip. Methods of weighing and distributing contaminated drill cuttings in an enclosed cuttings skip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Paul N. Spriggs
  • Patent number: 11014417
    Abstract: A magneto-elastically-based active force sensor, used with a tow coupling between a towed and a towing vehicle or a coupling between a vehicle body and a suspension of the vehicle, which outputs a signal useful for determining forces acting on the coupling. The outputted force information may be provided by processor-enabled embedded software algorithms that take inputs from the force sensor and other sensors, may be used by one or more vehicle systems during operating of the vehicle, such as engine, braking, stability, safety, and informational systems. The force sensor includes directionally-sensitive magnetic field sensing elements inside the sensor, and shielding may be used around the sensors to reduce the influence of external magnetic fields on the sensing elements. The force sensor may be used with different tow and vehicle weight sensing coupling devices installed on different types of automobile cars and trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Reed, Julius Beck, Florian Burghardt, Johannes Gießibl