Patents Examined by Robert R. Raevis
  • Patent number: 10288634
    Abstract: A device for mounting a plurality of actuator modules in a grid pattern to a support frame with support bars is provided. Each actuator module has a regular polygonal basic shape with three, four or six corners. The device comprises a plurality of support brackets mountable to the support bars. Each support bracket is provided with a support structure arranged at a node of the grid pattern and having a cross element adapted to support corner regions of neighboring actuator modules at the node. A transport device comprising a plurality of actuator modules and a device for mounting the plurality of actuator modules in a grid pattern to a support frame is also provided. A laboratory sample distribution system and a laboratory automation system comprising a laboratory sample distribution system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcel Kaeppeli
  • Patent number: 10285304
    Abstract: A rack test room is disclosed that provides a controlled and monitored environment for one or more server racks, the room controlling and monitoring the cold aisle temperature, the cold aisle air inlet flow rate, and the hot aisle temperature. A rack test room is disclosed that monitors the inlet and exhaust air temperatures for each server in a rack. A rack test room is disclosed that individually controls and monitors the inlet air flow rate to each of a plurality of server racks. A method is disclosed for using a rack test room to simulate a data center environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ZT Group Int'l, Inc.
    Inventor: Ting Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 10281371
    Abstract: A sequential air sampler is provided having a rotatable carrier adapted to support filter cassettes received from a supply magazine at a load station, transport them to a sampling station where gas flow is directed through that cassette, and then be transported to an unload station to be received by a storage magazine. A Geneva driver operated by a single motor provides intermittent rotation to the carrier between fixed positions. A cam rotates in concert with the Geneva driver so that a follower in reciprocating motion pushes up and then pulls down a pair of plungers for simultaneous cassette loading and unloading whenever the carrier is at one of its fixed positions. Magazines have magnetically actuated stoppers to keep the stack of cassettes in place until released. Magazines may also have a retaining lid with a position-adjustable piston to secure cassettes for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Met One Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Seung-Ho Hong
  • Patent number: 10281280
    Abstract: A method is provided for selectively enabling inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors. The method comprises enabling a gyroscope of the IMU sensors for generating a device orientation output estimate, selectively enabling an accelerometer of the IMU sensors for improving the device orientation output estimate when a magnitude of an angular velocity is less than a centripetal velocity threshold, an accelerometer jitter error estimate is less than a gyroscopic orientation error estimate, a filled accelerometer filter length is less than a full length of an accelerometer filter, and a filled magnetometer filter length is less than a full length of a magnetometer filter. The method also includes enabling a magnetometer of the IMU sensors when the accelerometer is enabled, and an accelerometer gravitational error angle is less than a predetermined accelerometer gravitational error angle threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Severt Hallberg
  • Patent number: 10272850
    Abstract: A mount for a roof-mounted autonomous vehicle sensor assembly includes a cap, a seal, and a plurality of support members. The mount is compatible in shape with a moonroof opening in a vehicle roof panel. The cap is sized to overlap the moonroof opening. The cap has a plurality of attachment features to connect to the sensor assembly. The seal is to be disposed between the cap and the roof panel. The plurality of support members connects the cap to roof rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Frank, Phu Diep, Steven William Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10267697
    Abstract: A method includes measuring tensions on a measuring wire coupled to a displacer of a servo gauge. The servo gauge is configured to raise and lower the displacer using a drum around which the measuring wire is wound. Different measured tensions are associated with different segments of the measuring wire. The method also includes calculating or adjusting a measurement associated with material in a tank using the measured tensions to account for a change in a length of the measuring wire. Calculating or adjusting the measurement could include calculating one or more first length adjustments for one or more segments of the measuring wire that are wound around the drum, calculating one or more second length adjustments for one or more other segments of the measuring wire that are unwound from the drum, and combining the first and second length adjustments to identify a final length adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Van Bekkum, Ronald Schrier
  • Patent number: 10267822
    Abstract: A sensor having a particle barrier is described. In an example, a sensor includes: first and second electrode sets respectively disposed upon a planar support surface and a proof mass that is compliantly displaceable along a first axis substantially parallel to the planar support surface; and a first barrier disposed on the planar support around the first electrode set having a height less than a gap between the planar support and the proof mass to mitigate particle migration into the first or second electrode set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jennifer Wu, Rodney L. Alley, Robert G. Walmsley, Donald J. Milligan
  • Patent number: 10268214
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibration of an electrohydraulic control valve are provided. In one aspect, a method for calibrating an electrohydraulic control valve includes providing fluid communication between the pump and the reservoir through a bypass calibration orifice. The bypass calibration orifice defines a known restriction. The method further includes measuring a pressure drop across the bypass calibration orifice, commanding the electrohydraulic control valve, calculating a pressure drop across the electrohydraulic control valve, recording the command applied to the electrohydraulic control valve corresponding with the calculated pressure drop across the electrohydraulic control valve, and calibrating the electrohydraulic control valve based on at least two of the recorded command, the known restriction, the measured pressure drop across the bypass calibration orifice, and the calculated pressure drop across the electrohydraulic control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HUSCO International, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L Pfaff
  • Patent number: 10260907
    Abstract: A method for producing a sensor includes a circuit carrier which includes an assembly island which supports a sensor circuit for emitting a sensor signal dependent on a physical transmitting field, and an interface which is electrically connected to the assembly island and which transmits the sensor signal to a superordinate signal processing device. The method includes: Enveloping one part of the circuit carrier containing the assembly island and the sensor circuit in a first protective compound; connecting a signal transmission element to the interface; enveloping at least one part of the first protective compound and the interface to at least one part of the signal transmission element connected thereto in a second protective compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Jakob Schillinger, Dietmar Huber, Lothar Biebricher
  • Patent number: 10260915
    Abstract: A container for use as a single-use component in a processing system for performing a biological, biochemical, or biotechnological process includes a wall surrounding a container interior space with a sensor arrangement integrated into the wall, where the sensor arrangement includes at least one sensor and one housing, and where the housing includes a housing wall, which surrounds a housing interior space containing the sensor and separates the housing interior space from the container interior space, characterized in that the housing wall comprises a wall region, which is designed as a predetermined breaking point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Ingrid Wunderlich, Christian Fanselow
  • Patent number: 10254116
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (300) for controlling a sensor (310), comprising a converter unit (320) for converting an input signal (365) into a control signal (360) for controlling said sensor (310), and a comparison unit (330) for determining a differential signal (370) that indicates the difference between said input signal (365) and control signal (360). The device also comprises a feedback unit (340) for regulating the input signal (365) using said differential signal (370). A differential signal (370) transfer function has a zero point at a sensor (310) operating frequency which does not equal zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN LITEF GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Spahlinger, Steffen Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 10254188
    Abstract: Techniques provided herein are directed toward adjusting the rate at which a mobile device's barometric pressure sensor takes measurements, based on whether movement is detected from motion sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and the like. Where movement is below a threshold (e.g., below a threshold speed or within a threshold distance), then the barometric pressure sensor can reduce the sampling rate to a rate that still enables the mobile device to account for changes in the weather. If movement is detected (e.g., greater than a threshold distance), then the sampling rate of the barometric pressure sensor increases (i.e., to a normal rate for determining vertical movement changes).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Gengsheng Zhang, Arnold Gum
  • Patent number: 10241017
    Abstract: A sample gripping and heating assembly includes an assembly housing and first and second heating grips coupled with the assembly housing. The first and second heating grips each include a gripping surface, and the gripping surfaces of the first and second heating grips are opposed to each other. Each of the first and second heating grips further includes a heating element adjacent to the gripping surface. Optionally, the sample gripping and heating assembly is included in a heating system including a probe heater having a probe heating element for heating of a probe. The heating system is included with a testing assembly having a stage coupled with the sample gripping and heating assembly, and a transducer assembly coupled with the probe heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker Nano, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Paul Keranen, Syed Amanulla Syed Asif, Ryan Major, Yunje Oh
  • Patent number: 10240967
    Abstract: The invention provides generally methods and systems in a bi-directional sphere prover for generating diagnostic information by calculating and using multiple meter factors (MF) from four detector switches. A Data Acquisition and Monitoring System gathers the signals of the four detector switches and calculates the base prover volume (BPV) for each section of the prover based on these readings. Then, the different base prover volumes are used to create multiple meter factors for each section of the prover to derive the diagnostic information. The Data Acquisition and Monitoring System displays, archives, and trends the meter factors. Depending upon what particular meter factor ratios are within the acceptable limit, the correct detector switch can be diagnosed and fixed without a substantial amount of down time for the prover. Trend lines for meter factors can also be analyzed for different process fluids that are sent through the prover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Chandulal N. Bhatasana
  • Patent number: 10234366
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a rotatable sample introducing device for a trace detecting instrument including: a rotating rod, a sample introducing body and a rotating rod bracket, wherein the sample introducing body may be positioned inside the rotating rod bracket, the rotating rod passing through the rotating rod bracket and the sample introducing body may be fixed to the sample introducing body by a fastener, and the rotating rod may be rotatable. The rotatable sample introducing device for the trace detecting instrument provided by the disclosure has the following advantages in comparison with the prior art: simple structure, convenient operation, lower requirement for machine process, easy maintenance in later period and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hua Peng, Yi Xiao, Yuanjing Li, Jianhua Liu, Wangyang Wu, Haichao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10234324
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium in a container. The apparatus includes at least one mechanically oscillatable unit, and at least one driving/receiving unit, which excites the mechanically oscillatable unit to execute mechanical oscillations, and which receives the mechanical oscillations of the mechanically oscillatable unit. The mechanically oscillatable unit has at least one membrane, or diaphragm. The membrane, or diaphragm, is connected with a housing. The driving/receiving unit is arranged between the membrane and a holding portion, and the holding portion is secured to the housing. The invention holding portion is embodied in such a manner and secured to the housing in such a manner, that a radial force, which acts essentially in the direction of the normals of the housing, produces a force component and/or a moment, which acts essentially in the direction of a normal of the holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO.KG
    Inventors: Jutta Kuhny, Helmut Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10228246
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a measurement device by a target object is disclosed. Prior to calibrating the measurement device the suitability of the target object is inspected by multiple evaluation criteria. The calibration of the measurement device by the target object is only performed if the target object meets all evaluation criteria. To evaluate the target object, a camera device takes an image of the target object without using a laser beam and an image of the target object with using a laser beam, with the images then evaluated by image processing and object identification procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Winter
  • Patent number: 10228309
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for sampling of liquid products. The system includes a portable, releaseably connected product sample receiving assembly and a plurality of product sampling and mixing assemblies. The product sample receiving assembly can be attached and detached from two or more the product sampling and mixing assemblies, so that a single product sample receiving assembly can be used to service multiple product sampling and mixing assembly locations at different times. The product sample receiving assembly may include a slip-stream configuration or in-line configuration. The product sampling and mixing assemblies may be unidirectional or bidirectional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: James E. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10228244
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device (e.g., a smartphone) includes an atmospheric pressure sensor, an acceleration sensor, and a controller. The atmospheric pressure sensor detects atmospheric pressure acting on the mobile electronic device. The acceleration sensor detects acceleration acting on the mobile electronic device. The controller detects traveling of the device on the basis of the acceleration. The controller calculates a change in an altitude of the device by correcting a change in the atmospheric pressure observed while the device is traveling, on the basis of a change in the atmospheric pressure observed while the device is not traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeki Tanabe, Hideki Morita
  • Patent number: 10222367
    Abstract: A calibrating device (1) for a breath alcohol measuring device (25) as well as a system including such a calibrating device (1) and a breath alcohol measuring device (25) are shown and described. A test gas container (3), which provides a test gas, which can flow via an outlet (5) into an inlet (11) of a measuring adapter (9), is provided in the calibrating device (1). A measuring adapter (9) forms a flow path (17), in which the test gas is subjected to a dynamic pressure. The measuring adapter (9) is configured for being connected to a breath alcohol measuring device (25), which triggers a measurement when the dynamic pressure of the test gas reaches a pressure threshold value of the breath alcohol measuring device (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Peter Tschuncky, Jochim Koch, Stefan Morley