Patents Examined by Randy W. Gibson
  • Patent number: 11607059
    Abstract: A shelf bracket assembly mounted upright on a vertically disposed shelf has: a load cell; an anchor; and a cantilever supporting a shelf panel. The cantilever projects from the shelf upright in a substantially horizontal direction. The cantilever has a vertically disposed frame or a vertically disposed metal plate and a mount for the load cell. The load cell has a monolithic measuring body that has: a force-supporting section; a force-introduction section; and a linkage section between the force-supporting section and the force-introduction section. The force-supporting section of the monolithic measuring body is laterally attached to the mount. The monolithic measuring body has at least one mounting hole through which the monolithic measuring body is attached to the mount with a screw extending horizontally through the monolithic measuring body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: BIZERBA SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Fritsch, Frank Metzger, Harald Witte, Luca Kallmann
  • Patent number: 11603285
    Abstract: An elevator car load measurement system for determining a load of an elevator car includes a plurality of at least two force sensors that are daisy-chained and connected to a controller for determining the load. Each force sensor measures a force exerted by the elevator car on the respective force sensor and generates a frequency signal with a square-wave form, wherein the frequency signal is proportional to the respective measured force. At least one of the force sensors adds a first frequency signal received from the previous force sensor along the daisy chain a second frequency signal generated by the at least one force sensor to generate a frequency sum signal, the last of the force sensors in the daisy chain forwards the frequency sum signal to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Frank Olivier Roussel, Oliver Simmonds
  • Patent number: 11580814
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a device may test the health of race participants in order to ensure the fairness of a bet on an order of finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey M. Gelman, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 11573120
    Abstract: A method for adjusting parameters of a device with a weighing sensor collecting environmental parameter data of an environment where the device is currently located or environmental parameter data during execution of an application by the device. A zero compensation parameter is calculated and updated, based on the data collected. The method is applicable to a moisture analyzer and also to a vehicle scale. In the moisture analyzer, the method is triggered and executed in the analyzer, correcting the zero compensation data by using the environmental parameter data of an environment or environmental parameter data during execution of an application by the analyzer. Dynamic and real-time adjustment of a compensation parameter overcomes the problem that the scheme of pre-setting fixed parameters for zero compensation cannot deal with the complex zero drift encountered in actual environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignees: Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Precision instruments Co., Ltd., Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Measurement Technology Co., Ltd., Mettler-Toledo International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianwei Wu, Jean-Christophe Emery
  • Patent number: 11573197
    Abstract: A gas sensor includes a sensor element, a tubular body made of metal, and a sealing material. The sensor element has a surface. The tubular body has a through hole which is formed along the axial direction and through which the sensor element is inserted. The sealing material is placed inside the through hole and between the inner peripheral surface of the through hole and the sensor element. The sealing material covers a part of the surface of the sensor element. When the sensor element is viewed in cross section from a second direction perpendicular to a first direction corresponding to the longitudinal direction of the sensor element, the sealing material forms a first inclination angle of not less than 10° and not more than 80° with respect to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shotaro Niizuma, Yusuke Watanabe, Toshihiro Hirakawa, Hayami Aota
  • Patent number: 11566934
    Abstract: A weight scale system is for measuring the weight of an object, which includes a bed section, a vertical separator actuator and a controller. The bed section includes a lower-platform, an upper-platform and weight sensor assemblies located on the lower-platform, each includes at least one weight sensor. The bed section further includes at least one vertical-separator. The vertical-separator actuator is coupled with the vertical-separator and with the controller. The controller is coupled with the weight sensors. The controller directs the vertical-separator actuator to operate the bed section in at least two modes, a referencing mode in which the vertical-separator detaches the upper-platform from the weight sensor assemblies, thereby enabling referencing the weight sensors, and a weighing mode, in which the vertical separator re-attaches the upper-platform with the weight sensor assemblies, such that the weight associated with the upper-platform is fully applied on the weight sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: ScaleThings Sp.z.o.o.
    Inventors: Eyal Avramovich, Ronny Barak
  • Patent number: 11566933
    Abstract: A combination weighing device includes a conveying unit configured to convey articles, a controller configured to perform combination weighing of the articles, and an interface configured to receive an input of information from an operator. The controller has a first operation mode including a first control parameter that defines a conveying operation of the conveying unit and is automatically set in the device, and a second operation mode including a second control parameter that defines the conveying operation of the conveying unit and is set based on the information input from the interface, and when the interface receives an input of the information during an operation of the conveying unit in the first operation mode, the controller makes a transition from the first operation mode to the second operation mode, and controls the operation of the conveying unit using the second control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Satoru Kamigaito
  • Patent number: 11567037
    Abstract: Sensors, methods, and computer program products for air bubble detection and fluid composition determinations are provided. An example sensor device for use with fluid flow systems includes a force pulse generator coupled with a fluid flow system that emits a force pulse and a force pulse sensor coupled with the fluid flow system. The force pulse sensor receives the force pulse emitted by the force pulse generator and determines the fluid flow system's transient response to the force pulse. Based upon the transient response, the force pulse sensor determines an operating condition of the fluid flow system. The operating condition may be indicative of the presence of an air bubble within the fluid flow system or may be indicative of a composition of a fluid within the fluid flow system. The force pulse sensor may further determine the amplitude and rate of decay of the transient response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore, Kaligaselvi Lenin, Kumaran S. Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 11561208
    Abstract: A thermoresistive gas sensor includes two identical, flat meshes that consist of a semiconductor material with a predetermined type of conductivity and that are interconnected in sections of an electric measuring bridge that are diametrically opposite one another, wherein each mesh of the two identical, flat meshes has mesh webs that extend parallel, adjacent to one another and that are connected electrically in parallel at the ends, where the mesh webs of the two meshes extend alternately adjacent to one another in a shared mesh plane horizontally across a window opening in a carrier plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Klehr, Günter Marcaux
  • Patent number: 11561124
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and device for dynamically acquiring the load of a vehicle, and a storage medium are disclosed. The method includes: acquiring deformation data of load-bearing deformation of a wheel hub of the vehicle, and acquiring the load of the vehicle according to the deformation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xi Li, Zhihua Zhu, Shiwen Xu, Yao Dai, Shaobing Huang, Hongwei Sheng, Xiaoqiang Li
  • Patent number: 11555755
    Abstract: There is provided a method of calibrating multiple chamber pressure sensors of a substrate processing system. The substrate processing system includes: multiple chambers; multiple chamber pressure sensors; multiple gas suppliers configured to supply a gas to an internal space of the multiple chambers; multiple exhausters connected to the internal spaces of the multiple chambers via multiple exhaust flow paths; and multiple first gas flow paths. The method includes: acquiring a third volume, which is a sum of a first volume and a second volume; acquiring a first pressure change rate of the internal space of a selected chamber; calculating a second pressure change rate of the internal space of the selected chamber; and calibrating the selected chamber pressure sensor such that a difference between the first pressure change rate and the second pressure change rate is within a preset range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Risako Matsuda, Keita Shouji
  • Patent number: 11554049
    Abstract: In some examples, a distributed acoustic detector system may include a frame structure and multiple acoustic detectors. The frame structure may be configured to be retained in a laser-based ophthalmo-logical surgical system aligned to an eye of a patient during therapeutic treatment of the eye of the patient with the laser-based ophthalmological surgical system. The acoustic detectors may be coupled to the frame structure and may be spaced apart from each other and electrically separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Dayan Ban, Mordehai Margalit, Taeho Ha
  • Patent number: 11548031
    Abstract: An array-type ultrasonic sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a first sensing array, and a second sensing array. The first sensing array includes a plurality of first ultrasonic sensing units. Each of the first ultrasonic sensing units includes a first positive electrode and a first negative electrode. The first positive electrodes are connected in series with each other, and the first negative electrodes are connected in series with each other. The second sensing array includes a plurality of second ultrasonic sensing units. Each of the second ultrasonic sensing units includes a second positive electrode and a second negative electrode. The second positive electrodes are connected in series with each other, and the second negative electrodes are connected in series with each other. One of the first sensing array and the second sensing array is configured to transmit ultrasonic waves, and the other is configured to receive reflected ultrasonic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Yi-Hsiang Chiu, Hung-Ping Lee
  • Patent number: 11543335
    Abstract: A tensile test fixture for quick testing of materials with low transverse strength and relatively high longitudinal strength. After the tensile test fixture is loaded into a universal testing machine, such as a two-part load frame, a first test specimen is aligned and tensile tested. Alignment of the first test specimen ensures that all consecutive test specimens are aligned within the tensile test fixture without further alignment required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Raphael Kampmann
  • Patent number: 11542590
    Abstract: A strain gauge includes a flexible substrate; a functional layer formed of a metal, an alloy, or a metal compound, on one surface of the substrate; and a resistor formed of material including at least one from among chromium and nickel, on one surface of the functional layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Asakawa, Yuta Aizawa, Shinya Toda, Shintaro Takata, Shinichi Niwa
  • Patent number: 11535408
    Abstract: A dosing device for feeding an infusion product includes: a tower for containing product, tubular channels for feeding the product to the tower; each channel configured to pick up the product from the tower and release a quantity of product; a plurality of containers for receiving the product from the channels; a platform movable relative to the channels supporting the containers one after another. The platform is configured for carrying, in sequence, each container to a first position for feeding a quantity of product less than the weight of a programmed dose and, subsequently, to a second position for feeding a remaining quantity of product for reaching the weight of the programmed dose. A plurality of weighing elements control the weight of the product in each container and a control unit controls the quantity of product fed to each container and the relative movement of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Sauro Rivola, Dylan Forni, Luca Bernardini
  • Patent number: 11536602
    Abstract: A load meter includes a detector, a storage unit, and a load calculator. The detector detects, by using a captured image obtained by capturing a road and a vehicle present on the road, a displacement amount in the captured image, the displacement amount corresponding to displacement caused on the road by application of a load of the vehicle. The storage unit stores information indicating a relation between the load and the displacement amount. The load calculator calculates the load based on the displacement amount and the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Taro Imagawa, Akihiro Noda, Hiroya Kusaka
  • Patent number: 11530944
    Abstract: A well production particulate measurement system having a stationary frame removably mountable to tank, a hopper coupled to the frame and moveable relative to the frame; a well production inlet configured to receive well production and discharge the particulates and liquid into the hopper, and to strip at least a portion of a gas phase from the well production; and a weight transducer coupled to the system and configured to sense a weight of particulates in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Covenant Testing Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Anderson, Michael W Joacim
  • Patent number: 11531002
    Abstract: A gas sensor (100) extending in an axial direction AX including: a gas sensor element (120) which detects the concentration of a specific gas in a gas under measurement; a tubular metallic shell (110) having a polygonal tool engagement portion (110B) surrounding the gas sensor element (120); a tubular outer tube (103) which extends rearward from the metallic shell (110), surrounds the gas sensor element (120), and has an opening (103E) at a rear end thereof; a sealing member (191) which seals the opening (103E); and a tubular heat dissipating member (104) which surrounds the outer tube (103) and reduces the amount of heat transferred from the forward end side of the gas sensor (100) through the outer tube (103) to the sealing member (191). The maximum diameter D1 of the heat dissipating member (104) is equal to or less than the opposite side dimension D2 of the tool engagement portion (110B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Matsuyama, Masahiro Asai, Masashi Nomura, Yuto Inose
  • Patent number: 11519777
    Abstract: In a weighing method, a weight (W) of a measured object (7) is measured. A roll angle (r) and a pitch angle (p) of a weighing scale platform (100) are read. The coordinates of a placement position (x0, z0) of the measured object are acquired. A first error (error1) caused by a weighing state according to the roll angle and the pitch angle is calculated. A second error (error2) caused by a weighing position according to the coordinates of the placement position, the roll angle (r) and the pitch angle (p) is also calculated. From these, a corrected weight (Wc) is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignees: Mettler Toledo Precision Instrument Company Limited, Mettler Toledo Measurement Technology Company Limited, Mettler—Toledo International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianwei Wu, Hongzhi Lin, Ying Zhang, Guojun Xie, Zheng Qian