Patents Examined by Randy W. Gibson
  • Patent number: 10702129
    Abstract: A method for reprocessing an endoscope for the implementation of leak testing the endoscope, the method including: connecting the endoscope in an airtight manner to a compressed air hose, which is operatively connected to a compressed air source; subjecting the endoscope to compressed air up to a predetermined pressure level via the compressed air hose; during the pneumatic leak measurement and after opening of an outlet valve, measuring a temporal course of air pressure in the endoscope without any further compressed air supply; measuring a temporal change of the air pressure at the outlet valve; and determining one of a tightness of the endoscope or a leakage of the endoscope based on a temporal gradient of the temporal change of the air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Henning Thate
  • Patent number: 10705060
    Abstract: Methods for focusing analyte peaks in liquid chromatography using a spatial temperature gradient are provided. Also provided are methods for focusing analyte peaks and improving resolution using a trap column upstream of a separation column. Further, methods are provided in which the trap column placed upstream of the separation column is packed with a temperature-sensitive polymer/copolymer, and a spatial temperature gradient is applied along the trap column for obtaining improved retentivity by trap column stationary phase, and overall improved resolution of analyte peaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael O. Fogwill, Joseph D. Michienzi, Martin Gilar, Abhijit Tarafder
  • Patent number: 10699972
    Abstract: A symmetrical, flat laminate structure used to minimize variables in a test structure to experimentally gauge white bump sensitivity to CTE mismatch is disclosed. The test structure includes a flat laminate structure. The method of using the test structure includes isolating a cause of a multivariable chip join problem that is adversely impacted by warpage and quantifying a contribution of the warpage, itself, in a formation of the multivariable chip join problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William E. Bernier, Timothy H. Daubenspeck, Virendra R. Jadhav, Valerie A. Oberson, David L. Questad
  • Patent number: 10697862
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for taking a sample of a filling, with which a hole in the ground is filled, having a container with at least one inlet opening for the inflow of the filling into a receiving space of the container. According to the invention provision is made in that a closing cap is placed onto the inlet opening and this is closed thereby. The container is provided with a compressed air line which leads into the receiving space, wherein on feeding compressed air into the receiving space the closing cap is released from the inlet opening and this is exposed for the inflow of the filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Duchow
  • Patent number: 10690497
    Abstract: A technique for more smoothly moving a reflective prism to a target position is provided. A surveying instrument 100 includes a leg part 101, a base 102 supported by the leg part 101, a movable part 112 held by the base 102 and being movable straight in any direction within a two-dimensional plane relative to the base 102, a reflective prism 113 mounted on the movable part 112, and a laser pointer 114 that is mounted to the movable part 112 and that emits a guiding light in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOPCON
    Inventors: Terukazu Nagashima, Shin-ichi Hayase, Atsushi Shoji
  • Patent number: 10684187
    Abstract: A leak detecting device for a fluid filled vessel including a housing having a continuous perimeter edge sized to extend around an underwater surface, the housing forming a hollow interior, an anchoring attachment extending through an aperture in the housing for immovably anchoring the housing to the underwater surface, a resilient member secured to the perimeter edge of the housing and adapted to contact and form a seal between the housing and the underwater surface, and an inlet forming an opening through an entirety of a wall of the housing accessible from an exterior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Red Rhino Leak Detection, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark D. Marino
  • Patent number: 10677638
    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: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Takayasu, Shinya Ishima, Shigeru Endo, Kenji Sato
  • Patent number: 10677640
    Abstract: The invention relates to a scale having a housing and one or more adjustable feet, wherein the housing has a respective mount into which the respective adjustable foot is inserted, wherein the respective adjustable foot can be introduced into the respective mount from below, wherein the adjustable foot has a foot piece that is supported in the mount in a rotationally fixed and axially movable manner and has an adjustable spindle connected to the housing in an axial fixed and rotationally movable manner, wherein the adjustable spindle has a threaded section at its lower end with which the adjustable spindle engages into a counter-thread formed in the foot piece, and wherein a rotational movement of the adjustable spindle effects a longitudinal movement of the foot piece relative to the adjustable spindle. The adjustable spindle has a snap-in connection section at its upper end that engages an undercut formed in the respective mount while forming a snap-in connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Bizerba SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Moritz Dehner
  • Patent number: 10670451
    Abstract: A self-weighing container for transporting delivery items includes a weight-sensing device that is configured to sense a weight of a delivery item that is placed inside the container; a microcontroller that is connected to the weight-sensing device; and a display that is connected to the microcontroller. When a delivery item is placed in the container, the weight-sensing device produces a signal that corresponds to the weight of the delivery item and the microcontroller receives the signal and determines the weight of the delivery item based on the signal. The microcontroller may transmit an indication of the weight to the display, which displays the weight based on the indication of the weight, or the microcontroller may transmit the weight to a smart phone for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Robert Eugene Dixon, Jr., S M Elias Farhad, Ryan Murray Luckay
  • Patent number: 10670514
    Abstract: A sensor is provided for detecting and characterizing particles in a fluid. The sensor has a microfluidic channel for receiving the fluid sample, an acoustic transducer module configured to generate a standing wave for concentrating the particles in a region of the microfluidic channel; an optical detection module configured to detect optical signals scattered by the particles upon illuminating the region of the fluid sample with a light source; and a data processing module configured to characterize the particles of the fluid sample based on the optical signals using a classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Water Optics Technology Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ai Qun Liu, Lei Lei, Wei Huang, Shahnawaz Pukkeyil Shamsuddin
  • Patent number: 10670449
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus according to the present invention comprises: a dispersion table configured to rotate an article supplied from an outside around a central axis defined in a substantially vertical direction and to convey the article in a direction away from the central axis; an acquisition unit configured to acquire a mass value of the article placed on the dispersion table; and a control unit configured to control a rotation speed of the dispersion table on the basis of the mass value. The control unit is configured to set the rotation speed of the dispersion table to a first rotation speed when the mass value is equal to or less than a first mass value, and to set the rotation speed of the dispersion table to a second rotation speed slower than the first rotation speed when the mass value is a second mass value heavier than the first mass value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Otoshi
  • Patent number: 10663342
    Abstract: A diverting checkweigher comprising a conveyor belt with product-carrying, vertically floating slats that are supported on a weigh scale as the belt passes over it. The floating slats isolate product weight from belt weight. The slats themselves may be laterally stationary or divertible. If divertable, they can divert products based on their weights. If not divertible, the slats can be used with product pushers to divert products for weight-based sorting or rejection. The slats have legs that extend below the bottom of the belt to ride on the scale or be diverted across the belt by a diverter. The pushers are diverted by a diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Guernsey, Brian R. Lee
  • Patent number: 10661615
    Abstract: Method for the configuration of a tyre pressure sensor (10) for a vehicle (100), comprising the following steps: production of a data communication connection (20) between a mobile radio device (30) and a tyre pressure sensor (10), selection of at least one specific sensor parameter (40) for the vehicle (100) via a mobile radio device (30), activation of the at least one selected sensor parameter (40) in the tyre pressure sensor (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Baolong Electronics Bretten GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Tomakidi
  • Patent number: 10660544
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes detectors and a controller operable to automatically update a tare weight for use in determining a true patient weight. The detectors are configured to produce signals indicating a presence or absence of a corresponding removable component. The controller is configured to determine weights of each and every removable component on the patient support apparatus and store each weight in a memory. The controller is further configured to receive the signals produced by the detectors and detect any addition or removal of removable components of the patient support apparatus, update the tare weight, and determine a weight of a patient being supported on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Hoffman, Mike J. Viltro, Chris L. Hildenbrand, James L. Walke, Aziz A. Bhai, Eric R. Meyer, David C. Newkirk, Frank Sauser, Nicole Johannigman, Brandon P. Fisk
  • Patent number: 10656053
    Abstract: A hand-held device for measuring tire pressure and temperature including a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, an optical pointer, a processor responsive to an output of the pressure sensor and the temperature sensor, and a display. The processor is configured to output a value on the display indicative of a measured tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Measurement Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Petrucelli, Mark Kuskovsky
  • Patent number: 10648849
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus for a filling line for filling containers of pharmaceutical, medical, food products and the like includes a weighing unit and a suction unit designed to generate a suction air flow directed and adjusted in such a way as to affect in a controllable manner the value of a weight detected by the weighing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Cesari, Stefano Colautti, Massimo Landini
  • Patent number: 10641647
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a weighing device according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a vertical structure mount, a first link attached to the vertical structure mount, a second link for attachment to a weighing device, a third link pivotably attached to one of the first link and second link, and a fourth link pivotably attached to one of the first and second link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Artico, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brian Wood, Aaron Stewart
  • Patent number: 10641746
    Abstract: An injector, for injecting a fluidic sample into a flow path between a fluid drive and a sample separation unit, includes a sample accommodation volume, a sample drive, and a fluidic valve switchable to selectively couple the volume with the flow path or decouple the volume from the flow path. In an injection switching state, the fluid drive, the separation unit and the sample drive are coupled by the valve so that fluid driven by the sample drive and flowing from the volume to the separation unit and further fluid driven by the fluid drive and flowing from the fluid drive to the separation unit are combined at a fluidic connection upstream of the separation unit. A control unit controls a pressure of the fluid and/or the further fluid during injecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Thielsch, Thomas Ortmann
  • Patent number: 10641648
    Abstract: A weighing method for weighing containers of pharmaceutical, medical, food substances and the like, in which the containers are subject to the action of an air flow uses a weighing unit provided with two or more weighing devices and weighing containers filled with a desired quantity of substance. The weighing containers occupy respective weighing devices of the weighing unit. A weight value of said containers obtained from an actual weight value which is corrected by adopting a measurement error that estimates the effect of the action of the air flow is supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Landini
  • Patent number: 10641644
    Abstract: System and methods for analyzing the contents of a fluid canister are provided for use in healthcare settings. The system includes optical and weight sensors to analyze the canister contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Gauss Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddarth Satish, Kevin J. Miller, Peter S. Hyoung, Andrew T. Hosford, Eric W. Hsieh