Patents Examined by Robert R. Raevis
  • Patent number: 10782150
    Abstract: A direction sensor includes two electrode guides, at least six contact pins, a moving member and a signal processing circuit. The two electrode guides are formed with a gap. The two electrode guides and the at least six contact pins define a space. The moving member is restricted to move in the space. The two electrode guides are electrically connected to one signal terminal of the signal processing circuit, respectively, and the at least six contact pins are electrically connected to another signal terminal of the signal processing circuit, respectively. A direction is sensed after the moving member moves in the space according to a sensed direction and contacts with the contact pin corresponding to the sensed direction below, so that one of the electrode guides and the contact pin corresponding to the sensed direction below form a sensing signal loop through the moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Chun-I Sun
  • Patent number: 10781666
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to reconditioned sucker rod, particularly to the sucker rods already used in the mechanical deep-pumping extraction of oil. The sucker rod comprises metal rod ends and a non-metallic body. The method of remanufacturing of reconditioned sucker rod includes subjecting used non-metallic sucker rods to a destructive pull test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TRC SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Donald Mike Johnson
  • Patent number: 10775402
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor assembly and a housing assembly. The sensor assembly may have (i) a package surrounding a sensor and (ii) a plurality of terminals integrated with the package. The housing assembly may have (i) a first cavity configured to receive the sensor assembly, (ii) a second cavity configured to receive an electrical connector, (iii) a plurality of ports in communication between the first cavity and the second cavity and (iv) a location feature configured to orient the housing assembly while the housing assembly is mounted to a structure. At least one rib may apply at least one force on the sensor assembly to hold the sensor assembly in the first cavity. The sensor may be outside a plane of the force. The terminals may extend through the ports from the first cavity to the second cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Pusheck, Joshua R. Forwerck
  • Patent number: 10775263
    Abstract: Systems and methods of detecting leakage and other issues with electrical battery housings are provided. By using an air compressor to alter the air pressure within a battery housing, a processor may detect an abnormal rate of change in the air pressure within the battery housing as compared to a rate of change of an ideal battery housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10775358
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a characteristic of a material by measuring electrical or magnetic properties of the material. The system includes a material monitoring device having at least one electrode and at least one magnetic coil, and is in communication with a machine learning model trained to recognize characteristics of the material based on electrical and magnetic properties of the material. The material can be stimulated with an electrical stimulus or stimulating magnetic field, and an electrical response signal or magnetic response signal can be measured. Applications to monitoring water quality, beverages, foodstuffs, and other characteristics of materials is discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: IDEACURIA INC.
    Inventor: Gregory A. Agostinelli
  • Patent number: 10768186
    Abstract: In medical analysis devices and automatic specimen examination systems, the specimen conveyance mechanism is constituted by a plurality of belt lines. During installation or maintenance of the specimen conveyance mechanism, it is necessary to confirm the existence of steps at the joints of these belt lines and the parallelism of the conveyance line. According to the present invention, it is possible to lighten the burden of this work with a test tube type or conveyance holder type inspection device provided with a sensor and battery for operation. Also, even when an operator cannot visually confirm the conveyance line from outside, it is possible to confirm the state of the conveyance line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji Takaya, Hideo Enoki, Shigeki Yamaguchi, Koichi Obari, Yoshiaki Shishido, Masahito Kakuno
  • Patent number: 10760909
    Abstract: A MEMS device includes first, second, third, and fourth sense masses spaced apart from a surface of a substrate. A first drive coupler interconnects the first sense mass with a first actuator, a second drive coupler interconnects the second sense mass with a second actuator, a third drive coupler interconnects the third sense mass with a third actuator, and a fourth drive coupler interconnects the fourth sense mass with a fourth actuator. Each of the drive couplers includes a torsion bar having a length aligned parallel to an outer sidewall of an adjacent sense mass and first and second coupling links coupled to opposing first and second ends of the torsion bar. The first and second coupling links couple an adjacent one of the first, second, third, and fourth sense masses with a corresponding one of the first, second, third, and fourth actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron A. Geisberger
  • Patent number: 10761070
    Abstract: A flow controller including a flow channel resistance disposed in a carrier gas supply flow channel, a control valve, pressure detecting portion 22 and a pressure difference detecting portion, a storage part storing a first calibration curve indicating a correlation between a pressure difference ?p and a total flow volume ftemp1 at the first set supply pressure Pin, ref1 and a second calibration curve indicating a correlation between a pressure difference ?p and the total flow volume ftemp2 at a second set supply pressure Pin,ref2 larger than the first set supply pressure Pin,ref1 is provided. A total flow volume f of the carrier gas is calculated based on the supply pressure pin detected by the pressure detecting portion, pressure difference ?p information detected by the pressure difference detecting portion, the first calibration curve and the second calibration curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Masuda, Kiyonori Koga, Daiki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10750979
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining 3D load displacement characteristics of an anatomical joint formed by a first body portion and a second body portion moveable with respect to the first body portion. The apparatus includes a first frame for receiving and securing the first body portion and a load displacement assembly. The load displacement assembly includes a first axis for alignment with a first anatomical plane of the joint, a second frame for receiving and securing the second body portion. The second frame is movable relative to the first frame. The load displacement assembly also includes a first counterweight configured to balance the weight of the second frame, a force for applying a load to the second frame, and a displacement sensor for measuring displacement of the second frame relative to the first frame upon application of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY
    Inventors: Carl Imhauser, Brendan Dugan, Jeffrey Kinsberg
  • Patent number: 10753841
    Abstract: A diffusion system to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and consistency of testing the release rate of an active ingredient in semisolid form through a membrane in between a dosage lid and a cell cap mounted on a cell in which a mixer is placed to mix the receptor medium in the cell as the semisolid diffuses through the membrane. The cell can be placed in a heating system to heat the samples. The cell has a sampling arm through which samples of the receptor medium can be extracted without opening the cell cap and dosage lid. The mixer may be cylindrical and may occupy a large surface area of the cell. The mixer may have grooves and other irregularities to increase turbulence while mixing. The system can be automated using an automated sampling and collection station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TELEDYNE INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven W. Shaw, Gary C. Downes
  • Patent number: 10751680
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system providing for calibration and/or control of a liquid dispensing system is disclosed. The hand-held calibration auditing tool includes a flow meter (36-37) with inlets adapted for quick connection to one or more liquid inputs to a liquid dispensing system (10). A sensor (94-95) having a data output of liquid flow information for a liquid input to the dispensing system (10) is operably connected to a controller (12) to receive the liquid flow information for the liquid input. The controller (12) provides a dilution rate and other liquid flow information for a liquid product input to a dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Henry L. Carbone, II, Richard J. Mehus, Kevin C. Tauer, Anatoly Skirda, Eugene Tokhtuev, William M. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10753919
    Abstract: According to one embodiment described herein, the forces of a shrink film may be measured. The method of measuring the forces may include providing a shrink film processing unit and a testing vehicle moveable within the shrink film processing unit, positioning a shrink film around the testing vehicle, processing the wrapped testing vehicle by shrinking the shrink film around the testing vehicle as the testing vehicle moves through the shrink film processing unit, and measuring the forces applied by the shrink film on the testing vehicle with one or more force sensors at multiple separate sensor positions on the exterior of the testing vehicle during processing, after processing, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Effler, Jr., Rashi Tiwari, Matthew J. Turpin, Robert R. Cummer, Lyndi R. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10753742
    Abstract: A micromechanical rate-of-rotation sensor includes a first Coriolis element. The micromechanical rate-of-rotation sensor further includes a first drive beam arranged along the first Coriolis element. The first drive beam is coupled via a first spring to the first Coriolis element. The micromechanical rate-of-rotation sensor further includes a first drive electrode carrier extending from the first drive beam in a direction opposite to the first Coriolis element. The first drive electrode carrier is configured to carry a multiplicity of first drive electrodes extending parallel to the first drive beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Neul, Torsten Ohms, Robert Maul, Mirko Hattass, Christian Hoeppner, Odd-Axel Pruetz, Benjamin Schmidt, Rolf Scheben, Friedjof Heuck
  • Patent number: 10751895
    Abstract: An apparatus for testing a razor blade comprises a base, a material support table, a material sample, a transport carriage, a blade retention assembly, and a razor blade. The material support table is supported by the base. The transport carriage is movably coupled with the base and is movable with respect to the material support table between a start position and an end position. The blade retention assembly is movably coupled with the transport carriage and is movable with respect to the material support table between a blade-engaged position and a blade disengaged position. The blade retention assembly is movable together with the transport carriage between the start position and the end position. The blade is releasably attached to the blade retention assembly. The razor blade contacts the material sample when the blade retention assembly is in the blade-engaged position. Methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Gillette Company LLC
    Inventors: Neville Sonnenberg, Peter Bradley
  • Patent number: 10753817
    Abstract: A testing apparatus for minimizing runout of a rotating assembly includes a measurement device and a runout evaluator. The measurement device measures a distance to a surface. The runout evaluator obtains a first runout of a surface of a first member of the rotating assembly from the measurement device. The first runout has a magnitude and a phase. The runout evaluator obtains a second runout of a surface of a second member of the rotating assembly from the measurement device. The second runout has a magnitude and a phase. The runout evaluator determines a rotational position of the first member relative to the second member which results in a reduced runout of the rotating assembly. The determination of the rotational position is based on the magnitude and the phase of the first runout and the magnitude and the phase of the second runout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: YASKAWA AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John Charles Rogers, Clark Thomas Tella
  • Patent number: 10753833
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described herein for a mobile scientific or measuring platform. In one aspect, a mobile scientific platform may include a vehicle having an electric energy source and a measuring device, such as a mass spectrometer, coupled to the electric energy source. An input line may be coupled to the measuring device and one or more sample collectors, for example, for obtaining gas samples. In some aspects, the input line may include a heating element configured to maintain a line temperature that is equal to or above the temperature of the samples collected, to reduce or prevent the formation of condensates in collected samples. In some aspects, the mobile scientific platform may run, or be switched to run, on electric, propone, compressed natural gas, or other similar fuel to enable the collection of gas samples free of (or having reduced levels of) vehicle caused contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ENVIROLYTICS, LLC
    Inventor: Alan W. Joseph, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10739375
    Abstract: An acceleration measuring device includes a piezoelectric system, a seismic mass, and a base plate. During acceleration of the device, the seismic mass exerts onto the piezoelectric system a force that is proportional to the acceleration of the device. The force causes the piezoelectric system to generate piezoelectric charges that can be electrically processed as acceleration signals. The piezoelectric system includes two system elements, and the seismic mass correspondingly includes two mass elements. The device includes a preloading assembly that mechanically preloads the system elements against the mass elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KISTLER HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Flavio Rosa
  • Patent number: 10739324
    Abstract: An improved NOx sensor with an NH3 oxidation. A sensor module may include a support component, a NOx sensing material positioned on the support component, and an NH3 oxidation catalyst. The NH3 oxidation catalyst may be layered on top of the NOx sensing material or the NH3 oxidation catalyst may be positioned upstream of the NOx sensing material such that the NH3 oxidation catalyst selectively converts NH3 to N2 while permitting NOx through to the NOx sensing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cummins Emission Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Behnam Bahrami
  • Patent number: 10732198
    Abstract: An electromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer is described. The MEMS accelerometer may be configured to sense linear acceleration along one, two or three axes, and to sense angular acceleration about one, two or three axes. As such, the MEMS accelerometer may serve as 2-axis, 3-axis, 4-axis, 5-axis or 6-axis inertial accelerometer. In some embodiments, the MEMS accelerometer may comprise a single mass connected to at least one anchor via a plurality of tethers. In other embodiments, the MEMS accelerometer may comprise a proof mass connected to at least one anchor via a plurality of tethers and one or more shuttle masses connected to the proof mass via a second plurality of tethers. Rotational and linear motion of the MEMS accelerometer may be sensed using capacitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10725003
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for completing processes on a gas detector device using near-field communication between the gas detector device and an NFC tag. The NFC tag may communicate instructions or information to the gas detector device. The NFC tag may be located on or near a gas testing system, comprising gas deliver tube(s), gas tank(s), as well as other elements. In some embodiments, the gas detector device may comprise a single button to simplify interactions with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Kelly Englot, Stephen Mroszczak