Patents Examined by Randy W. Gibson
  • Patent number: 11994423
    Abstract: A weigh belt assembly includes a weigh belt that has first and second spaced apart rollers and an endless belt trained around the rollers to present a belt run configured to support particulate material. The rollers each have a rotational axis. The assembly also includes a belt drive operably coupled with at least one of the rollers for rotation thereof in order to move the belt run in a direction toward the second roller. The assembly also includes apparatus for delivery of quantities of particulate material onto the moving belt run at a position between the first and second rollers. The assembly further comprises a pivot assembly including a shiftable component operably coupled with the weigh belt in order to permit pivoting and downward deflection of the weigh belt under the load of the particulate material deposited on the belt run. A device for measuring the load experienced by the weigh belt during the deflection thereof is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Renovators, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy A. Craft
  • Patent number: 11985956
    Abstract: A deployable animal measuring platform suited for measuring dog height or any other dog body measurement profile is presented. The deployable animal measuring platform contains a base, a panel, and a measuring element. The panel is connected vertically perpendicular to the base through a fastening element, where the panel and the base is configured to assemble in a deployed configuration or a retracted configuration. In the retracted configuration, the base and the panel are folded and connected parallel to each other, such that the deployable animal measuring platform is easily transportable and stored. In the deployed configuration, the base is secured along a flat surface while the panel is erected vertically from the base. The measuring element traverses along the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Emanuel Blake Malone
  • Patent number: 11986272
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring a body temperature of a living being includes a measuring unit for measuring the body temperature. The measuring device includes a first adhesive layer for fastening the measuring device on the body of the living being. The first adhesive layer is arranged at a side of the measuring device intended to face the body when the measuring device is in use. The measuring device includes a skin-compatible protective layer, which is arranged between the first adhesive layer and the measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: STEADYSENSE GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Koele, Peter Gasteiner
  • Patent number: 11988564
    Abstract: A temperature measurement device includes: a temperature sensor designed to measure a temperature, a thermo-generator forming, with the temperature sensor, what is known as a measurement surface, the thermo-generator being configured to convert thermal energy of the measurement surface into electrical energy, and the sensor being designed to measure a temperature of a sample in contact with the measurement surface, and an electronic board designed to receive the electrical energy converted by the thermo-generator and supply the temperature sensor, the device including the electronic board is positioned a non-zero distance away from the measurement surface in a direction perpendicular to the measurement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
    Inventors: Dimitri Tainoff, Olivier Bourgeois, Anaïs Proudhom
  • Patent number: 11982572
    Abstract: A stick-on thermometer is provide that includes a first thermal resistor and a second thermal resistor that are arranged substantially parallel to an inner surface of a lower outer body. Moreover, first and second temperature sensors are arranged along a thickness direction of the first thermal resistor, third and fourth temperature sensors are arranged along a thickness direction of the second thermal resistor, and a wiring board is arranged substantially parallel to the first and second thermal resistors and on which there is mounted a processing circuit that processes detection signals of the first to fourth temperature sensors. The first and second thermal resistors are respectively formed of three first thermal resistor layers and three second thermal resistor layers formed substantially parallel to the inner surface of the lower outer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Shimuta
  • Patent number: 11965764
    Abstract: A method for unloading a payload at a loading station includes selecting the payload to be unloaded from different payloads and registering a total target quantity of the selected payload to be unloaded at the loading station as a target quantity unit, a current total quantity of the selected payload that has already been unloaded at the loading station as an actual quantity unit, a number of already performed unloading procedures corresponding to a quantity of the selected payload that has already been unloaded at the loading station, or a difference between the target quantity unit and the actual quantity unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Sebastian Stark, Frederic Ballaire, Patrick Bechtold, Andreas Wehle
  • Patent number: 11959795
    Abstract: A combined weighing system 1 includes a first X-ray inspection device 20, a combined weighing device 40, a bag making and packaging device 50, a weight inspection device 60, a second X-ray inspection device 70, and a management device 90 that manages each device. The management device 90 revises a weight conversion table of the first X-ray inspection device 20 and a correction value of the combined weighing device 40 based on an average value of weights of products B, which is calculated from a result of inspection over a certain time period in the weight inspection device 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: NICHIREI FOODS INC.
    Inventors: Kenji Fukumoto, Takao Eto, Kazuro Ishiyama, Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 11953369
    Abstract: A method for calculating the quantity of goods based on weighing includes the following steps: Step 1, Weight Conversion; accurately convert the weighing reading to the corresponding weight value W; Step 2, Weight Scaling; that is, the conversion of weight units; Step 3, Zero Point Correction; calibrate the weight reading; Step 4, Tare; remove the weight of non-goods objects in the weight value; Step 5, Anti-Mutation Filtering; anti-mutation filtering on the weight value; Step 6, Quantity Conversion; convert the weight value after calibration and correction of steps 1 to 5 above into the approximate (rough) quantity of the goods; Step 7, Quantity Calibration; calibrate the rough quantity of the above-mentioned goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Yang Bai
  • Patent number: 11946794
    Abstract: A weigh scale for use with a fluid processing system including a reusable hardware component and a single use fluid circuit having a plurality of containers interconnected by a plurality of tubing segments. The weigh scale includes a load cell, a bracket secured to the load cell, and a container support clip secured to a connection shaft. The upper end of the connection shaft is configured to be received in the bracket so as to permit the container support clip to self-center with respect to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard West, Alexandra Salomon
  • Patent number: 11931462
    Abstract: A method for tracking product in an installation in which powdered product is processed into manufactured items is provided. The method comprises introducing the powdered product into the installation through at least one inlet, obtaining measurement data for the powdered product from at least one mass sensor positioned in the at least one inlet, and dividing the measurement data into mass units of equal size. The progression of the mass units is then tracked through the installation using measurement data from at least one other mass sensor in the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Fette Compacting GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Walter, Alexander Evers
  • Patent number: 11933659
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for identifying a load and/or wear of a transport element of a transport system with a long-stator linear motor, comprising the steps of: exciting a dynamic system consisting of the long-stator linear motor (160) and the transport element according to at least one excitation pattern; detecting the movement profile of the transport element on the basis of the at least one excitation pattern; and detecting a temporal course of a load current and/or of a load voltage of the long-stator linear motor according to the at least one excitation pattern by means of an integrated measuring device of the long-stator linear motor; wherein a loading condition of the transport element is determined depending on the detected movement profile and the detected temporal course of the load current and/or of the load voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Thomas Kiendl
  • Patent number: 11933662
    Abstract: A load cell scale, has a columnar shaped load cell part having a upper surface and a lateral surface intersecting with the upper surface, the load cell part having a first load cell with a first weighting and a second load cell with a second weighting, and a stopper part for restricting deformation occurring in the load cell, wherein the load cell part further has a strain portion capable of elastically deforming, and wherein the stopper part is a plate-shaped member formed to extend along the longitudinal direction, the stopper portion has a fixing-end portion fixed to the lateral surface of the load cell; and a free-end portion separating from the fixing-end portion along the longitudinal axis, the free-end portion being configured to restrict the elastic deformation of the load cell part due to the load in a state when the fixing-end portion is fixed to the lateral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Shanghai Teroako Electronic Co., Ltd., Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guoxing Shi
  • Patent number: 11927555
    Abstract: The design and structure of a fluidic concentration metering device with a full dynamic range utilizing micro-machined thermal time-of-flight sensing elements is exhibited in this disclosure. With an additional identical sensing chip but packaged at the different locations in the measurement fluidic chamber with a closed conduit, the device can simultaneously measure the fluidic concentration and the fluidic flowrate. With a temperature thermistor integrated on the same micro-machined thermal sensing chip, the disclosed device will be able to provide the key processing parameters for the fluidic applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Siargo Ltd.
    Inventors: Liji Huang, Yahong Yao, Li Chen, Chih-Chang Chen
  • Patent number: 11927471
    Abstract: In a combination weighing apparatus (1), a driver (10) is attached to a main body (100) by being inserted into an opening (100A) provided in a lateral surface of the main body, in a direction from an outer side (O) toward an inner side (I) of the main body, a first motor (14), a second motor (13), and a load cell (12) are arranged on the inner side of the main body in relation to a base (11), and in a state where the driver is attached to the main body, at least a portion of the first motor, the second motor, and the load cell is located further on a lower side (L) than a lower edge (E1) of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuteru Oda, Toshiharu Kageyama, Naomi Imaaki
  • Patent number: 11927470
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus (1) according to one embodiment includes: a plurality of hoppers (4) to (6) that receives articles inputted from an outside, temporarily stores the articles, and discharges the stored articles downstream; a discharge chute (9) that receives the articles discharged from the hoppers and causes the articles to slide downstream; an acquisition unit (50) that acquires weight values of the articles stored in each hopper; and a control unit (30) that performs combination calculation on the basis of the weight values acquired by the acquisition unit and discharges the articles from a hopper determined by the combination calculation to the discharge chute. The discharge chute includes: a first slide surface (91) having a plurality of openings (91A); and a second slide surface (92) that covers a part of the opening and is disposed at a position on an inner side of the discharge chute with respect to the first slide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Kishikawa
  • Patent number: 11913825
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage system (1) for a loading space of a commercial motor vehicle. In order to make commercial motor vehicles available that can be utilized more productively and more effectively, the storage system (1) exhibits at least one weighing machine with counting scale (5), capable of being fixed in the loading space, and at least one indicating unit (7), assigned to the weighing machine with counting scale (5), for indicating a piece number of bulk commodity located on the weighing machine with counting scale (5) and/or for indicating a volume of a liquid commodity located on the weighing machine with counting scale (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Detlef Kuck, Marcel Grein, Alexandra Holz, Moritz Martinius, Ramola Rege
  • Patent number: 11906347
    Abstract: A configurable-width industrial weighing scale configured to hang directly from one of multiple engine-powered lifting machines and/or to couple to a quick-attach plate or other attachment means of an engine-powered lifting machine and configured to directly support a lifting element and/or couple to a quick-attach plate or other attachment means of a lifting element. A weighing element includes front and rear plates in parallel with one another and a weighing assembly therebetween. The weighing assembly may include a strain gauge-based load cell, a shock absorber, a mechanical preload adjustment to control a vertical difference between the front and rear plates, a mechanical linearity control to adjust an angle of the weighing assembly, a carriage alignment bolt to compensate for an uneven surface of a lifting carriage of the engine-powered lifting machine, and/or a mechanical adjustment to compensate for a distance between the front plate and a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Steven Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 11908290
    Abstract: Disclosed are visual recognition and sensor fusion weight detection system and method. An example method includes: tracking, by a sensor system, objects and motions within a selected area of a store; activating, by the sensor system, a first computing device positioned in the selected area in response to detecting a presence of a customer within the selected area; identifying, by the sensor system, the customer and at least one item carried by the customer; transmitting, by the sensor system, identifying information of the customer and the at least one item to a computing server system via a communication network; measuring, by the first computing device, a weight of the at least one item; transmitting, by the first computing device, the weight to the computing server system via the communication network; and generating, by the computing server system, via the communication network, transaction information of the at least one item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Maplebear Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Gao, Shiyuan Yang
  • Patent number: 11906367
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the technique, there is provided a substrate temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of a substrate, wherein the substrate temperature sensor is provided in a protective pipe passing through a notch provided at least in a bottom plate of a substrate retainer inserted into a process chamber in a state where the substrate is mounted on the substrate retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tokunobu Akao, Hitoshi Murata, Akinori Tanaka, Masaaki Ueno
  • Patent number: 11898896
    Abstract: A scale apparatus is described. The scale apparatus may include a housing sized to fit within a playing card tuck box; a pressure plate operable to measure a weight of a plurality of objects; a wireless transmitter; and a microcontroller in communication with the pressure plate and the wireless transmitter. The microcontroller may be configured to: continuously measure the weight on the pressure plate; when the weight holds steady for a sequence of measurements, transmit a first weight measurement via the wireless transmitter; measure a change in the weight; and when the change in the weight is steady, transmit a second weight measurement via the wireless transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Penguin Magic, Inc.
    Inventor: Acar Altinsel