Patents Examined by Robert R. Raevis
  • Patent number: 10352806
    Abstract: A pressure sensor device which uses appropriate passivation materials/patterns to make the device more robust and resistant to a hot and humid environment. The pressure sensor device uses moisture resistant passivation material(s) covering exposed glass areas, including sidewalls, and bonding interfaces to avoid the glass and bonding interfaces absorbing and reacting with moisture, thus maintaining the integrity of the device output after exposure in a humid/hot environment. These passivation materials/patterns used for the MEMS devices described may be applied to any MEMS based sensors and actuators using glass as one type of material for fabrication. The pressure sensor devices may be front side absolute pressure sensors, differential pressure sensors, or back side absolute pressure sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Ding, James Norwicki
  • Patent number: 10350069
    Abstract: A chamber assembly for testing a valve includes a proximal chamber portion that defines a proximal interior space, and a distal chamber portion that defines a distal interior space. The distal interior space includes a gas space. When a liquid is inserted into the proximal and distal chambers there is an interface between the liquid and a gas in the gas space. A valve holder is disposed adjacent to the proximal interior space and the distal interior space. The valve holder is configured to receive the valve in a bore of the valve holder. A shortest distance between a center of the valve when in the bore and the interface is at least about 45 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TA INSTRUMENTS—WATERS L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Louis Dingmann, Kyle P. Duffin
  • Patent number: 10345276
    Abstract: A passive pre-heater assembly includes a thermally conductive heat-spreading block and a plurality of passive pre-heaters in thermally conductive communication with the heat-spreading block. The plurality of the pre-heaters exchanges heat with the thermally conductive heat-spreading block. Each pre-heater includes a thermally conductive base in thermal communication with the heat-spreading block, and a plurality of thermally conductive fins is in thermal communication with the thermally conductive base. The plurality of fins of each pre-heater exchanges heat convectively with ambient air and conductively with the thermally conductive base of that pre-heater. A given one of the passive pre-heaters further comprises a tube in thermally conductive contact with the thermally conductive base of the given passive pre-heater. The thermally conductive heat-spreading block exchanges heat with a fluid passing through the tube of the given passive pre-heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua A. Shreve, Kurt D. Joudrey
  • Patent number: 10345101
    Abstract: A device calibrates a coordinate-measuring device. The device contains at least one calibrating element and the calibrating element has a plurality of surface sections. The surface sections that butt against each other form an edge. The device further contains at least one retaining device and the calibrating element is arranged on a surface section of the retaining device. The surface sections of the calibrating element are arranged in relation to each other in such a manner that the calibration element has at least one edge that does not overlap any other edge of the calibrating element when the edges are projected into a common projection plane. The projection plane is oriented orthogonally to a normal vector of the surface section of the retaining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Nils Haverkamp
  • Patent number: 10328430
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disposable sealed body fluid retention device, comprising a fluid storage pipe (1), a fluid-taking piece (2) and a shielding body (4), wherein the fluid storage pipe (1) comprises an opening part (11) and a fluid storage cavity (12); the fluid-taking piece (2) is provided with a fluid guide channel (21), an exhaust channel (22), an annular side wall (23) and a partition (28); the partition (28) is located in the annular side wall (23) and separates the fluid guide channel (21) from the exhaust channel (22); one end of the fluid guide channel (21) is provided with a fluid inlet (24) and the other end is provided with a fluid outlet (25); the fluid outlet (25) is located at the lower part of the fluid-taking piece (2); one end of the exhaust channel (22) is provided with an exhaust port (26) and the other end is provided with an air outlet (27); the exhaust port (26) is located at the lower part of the fluid-taking piece (2); and the shielding body (4) is located outside the fluid storage pipe (1
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI KAISHUN MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xijie Shan
  • Patent number: 10330475
    Abstract: An integrated device includes a MEMS device, such as a gyroscope, having a movable mass spaced apart from a substrate, the movable mass being configured to oscillate in a drive direction relative to the substrate. The integrated device further comprises an integrated circuit (IC) die having a surface coupled with the MEMS device such that the movable mass is interposed between the substrate and the surface of the IC die. An electrode structure is formed on the surface of the IC die, the electrode structure including a plurality of electrode segments vertically spaced apart from the movable mass. Openings extend through the movable mass and the electrode segments overlie the openings. Suitably selected electrode segments can be activated to electrostatically attract the movable mass toward sense electrodes vertically spaced apart from the MEMS to reduce quadrature motion of the movable mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Thierry Cassagnes, Gerhard Trauth, Margaret Leslie Kniffin, Aaron A. Geisberger
  • Patent number: 10330643
    Abstract: A fluidic device incorporating at least one BAW resonator structure (e.g., a biosensing device) and a fluidic passage includes one or more features that provide filtration capability. Certain embodiments include at least one group of pillars extending into the fluidic passage which are arranged between an active region of the at least one BAW resonator structure and at least one fluidic port. Individual pillars are separated from one another by inter-pillar spaces that provide redundant fluid flow paths while preventing passage of obstruction media such as particulate matter, cells, and/or bubbles. Certain embodiments provide porous material arranged in fluid communication with at least one fluidic port and configured to filter contents of fluid supplied thereto. Porous material (e.g., porous membranes) may be provided in a cover structure of a fluidic device or within a filtration cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: QORVO US, INC.
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10323936
    Abstract: A sensor calibration tool, in particular for calibrating sensors on a vehicle, includes a vertical rail that defines a first rail axis, a vertically movable carriage assembly, and a horizontally movable carriage assembly. The vertically movable carriage assembly is supported by the vertical rail and movable along the first rail axis, and has a horizontal rail that defines a second rail axis transverse to the first rail axis. The horizontally movable carriage assembly is supported by the horizontal rail and is movable along the second rail axis. The horizontally movable carriage assembly has a transverse mounting bar with a plurality of target mounts. Each target mount is configured to releasably support a respective calibration target. Different combinations and positions of calibration targets enables calibration of sensors on different vehicles based on predetermined specifications corresponding to the different vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Reiner Leikert
  • Patent number: 10324067
    Abstract: A method detects the presence of a vehicle on a railway track using a sensing processor monitoring a sensing system for detecting vibration into ground installed along the railway track. The sensing system includes a detection module for detecting a vehicle on the railway track. The method includes an initialization step which includes the sub-steps of emitting a first signal to be received by the sensing processor through the sensing system, sending a first message to the sensing processor, monitoring the sensing system, and configuring the detection module in function of the received first signal and configuration data received in the first message. The configuration data can include location of the initialization device, intensity/magnitude of the first signal, emission time of the first signal, and/or type of object corresponding to the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Alstom Transport Technologies
    Inventors: Nicholas David Nagrodsky, James Michael Kiss, Jr., Jeffrey Fries, Derick Diaz, David Farmer
  • Patent number: 10314522
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system, a method, and a program for initializing an attachment location of a measurement sensor. The method of initializing an attachment location of at least one measurement sensor includes requesting selection of the measurement sensor that is attached to a specific body unit (S100); recognizing identification information of the measurement sensor, which agrees with a selection manipulation of the measurement sensor (S200); matching the identification information with the body unit (S300); and determining sensing data received from the measurement sensor, which corresponds to the identification information, as motion data of the body unit. According to the inventive concept, because attachment locations of a plurality of measurement sensors are initialized, a terminal may accurately calculate a posture or motion of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NEOFECT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hoyoung Ban, Younggeun Choi, Soobin Lee
  • Patent number: 10317305
    Abstract: There are provided weight shaft 10 to be connected with arm 1a of dynamometer 1, weight placement section 11 supported by weight shaft 10 and weights 21 to be stacked on weight placement section 11. Weight shaft 10 includes constricted segment K at a predetermined position in the axial direction. Each weight 21 includes a cutout portion 24 cut out from a middle of a side end portion 22a and arranged to receive the constricted segment K. The cutout width of this cutout portion 24 is greater at a round hole 25 than at an open end 26b. Weights 21 are stacked on weight placement section 11 by lowering each weight in the state in which the constricted segment is inserted from the open end 26b into the round hole 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10317426
    Abstract: An accelerometer has a plurality of proof masses and a plurality of sense electrodes, which collectively form at least two capacitors. A first sense drive signal is applied to a first capacitor and a second sense drive signal is applied to a second capacitor. Both of the sense drive signals have the same sense drive frequency. Capacitance signals are sensed from each of the first capacitor and second capacitor, and a common mode component of the capacitance signals is determined. A capacitor error is identified based on the common mode component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Luca Coronato, Giacomo Gafforelli, Adolfo Giambastiani, Federico Mazzarella, Massimiliano Musazzi, Michele Folz
  • Patent number: 10317315
    Abstract: A probe assembly for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The probe assembly may include a probe, and a fastener to retain the probe within a case of the gas turbine engine, the fastener including a sealing arrangement with a heat shield of the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eli Cole Warren, Nicholas R. Leslie
  • Patent number: 10314520
    Abstract: A system and method for collecting a set of kinematic data streams from an activity tracking system with at least one activity monitoring system that is attached to a user; segmenting at least a subset of the kinematic data streams into a set of segments according to actions of the user; generating a set of biomechanical signals from the kinematic data streams wherein a biomechanical signal characterize a biomechanical property during a segment and includes generating a first integration data set through data integration and baseline error correction across the set of segments of the normalized kinematic data stream and determining at least a first biomechanical signal that is at least partially based on the first integration data set; and applying the set of biomechanical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SEISMIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Andreas Martin Hauenstein, Ray Franklin Cowan, Andrew Robert Chang
  • Patent number: 10314182
    Abstract: A magnetically held diaper monitor comprises a power supply part and a control part. The power supply part comprises a lower shell, and a battery and a power circuit board embedded in the lower shell. The power circuit board is provided with a plurality of lower magnetic electrodes and two lower magnetic terminals. The control part comprises an upper shell and a control circuit board embedded in the upper shell. The control circuit board is provided with upper magnetic electrodes which are in one-to-one correspondence to the lower magnetic electrodes, and upper magnetic terminals which correspond to the lower magnetic terminals. A diaper sensor is clamped between the power supply part and the control part which are combined into a whole by attraction by means of a magnetic force and is connected to the control part via the magnetic electrodes. The control part obtains a power supply via the magnetic terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZNEHN HYAN MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yujie Teng, Yudong Teng, Da Teng
  • Patent number: 10309942
    Abstract: A portable device for measuring gas in a closed space includes an air intake and exhaust unit configured to suction external air and discharge the suctioned air, a sensor unit configured to measure characteristics of the air suctioned by the air intake and exhaust unit, a communication unit configured to communicate with a host system, a power supply unit configured to supply power to the air intake and exhaust unit, the sensor unit, and the communication unit, and a control unit configured to control the air intake and exhaust unit, the sensor unit, the communication unit, and the power supply unit so that the sensor unit measures the characteristics of the air suctioned by the air intake and exhaust unit and configured to transmit measurement information to the host system through the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Dae Seung Yoo
  • Patent number: 10302622
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wood test tool (1) for punching out and visually checking the core of a wood sample. The wood test tool (1) has a hollow cylindrical pin (11), comprising at one end an input opening (12) which corresponds to the inner diameter of the hollow cylinder, and at the other end a flattened head (13) as well as a viewing window (14), said viewing window extending over at least two thirds along the length of the hollow cylinder starting from the end of the hollow cylindrical pin (11) on the side of the input opening. Further disclosed is a method for checking the impregnation depth of an impregnated wood object (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: IML Instrumenta Mechanik Labor GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Hunger, Sebastian Hunger, Fabian Hunger
  • Patent number: 10302667
    Abstract: A sample container carrier handling apparatus is presented. A first revolving device located at a first level moves sample container carriers along a first path. A second revolving device located at a second level different from the first level moves sample container carriers along a second path. A first transport device transports sample container carriers to or away from a first handover position associated with the first revolving device. A second transport device transports sample container carriers to or away from a second handover position associated with the second revolving device. A lifting device lifts a sample container carrier from a first lifting position associated with the first revolving device to a second lifting position associated with the second revolving device. An operating position is associated with the first or second revolving device. A sample container is loaded or unloaded into a sample container carrier placed at the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Harald Ferihumer, Christoph Ludwig, Beat Jaeggi, Patrik Imfeld
  • Patent number: 10302668
    Abstract: In a case where a sample container 15 has a rubber-made lid 35, if a sample nozzle descends and comes into contact with the lid, the sample nozzle is relatively moved inside an arm as far as a lid detection distance, and a detector detects a detection plate. A fact that the sample nozzle comes into contact with the lid is stored together with position information of the sample nozzle, into an operation commanding unit. The sample nozzle further continues to descend, and a suction operation of a sample is performed at a predetermined position. In a case where the sample nozzle collides with a frame portion of the lid and external force is applied thereto, the detector detects that the detection plate is relatively moved as far as the detection distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Yasui, Yoshihiro Suzuki, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Hitoshi Tokieda
  • Patent number: 10302480
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a modular floatation device to adapt with various buoyancies is herein disclosed. In this embodiment, the system can comprise a one or more modules and a removable and reattachable buoyancy device. Each of the one or more modules can comprise a vertical shaft. Furthermore, one or more of the modules can comprise a magnetic circuit. Further, the removable and reattachable buoyancy device is attachable to the one or more modules. In another embodiment, a method for configuring a modular floatation device to adapt with various buoyancies is herein disclosed. The method can comprise connecting one or more modules together and attaching a buoyancy device to the modules. Each of the modules can comprise a vertical shaft. Furthermore, one or more of the modules can comprise a magnetic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: David Rocky Myers