Patents Examined by Robert R. Raevis
  • Patent number: 10480969
    Abstract: A field device of measuring- and automation technology, which field device meets requirements for operation in explosion-endangered environments. Safe operation of the field device in explosion-endangered environments is assured by a pluggable connector coupling for electrical coupling of different field device components. An essential feature of the pluggable connector coupling is a sealing element for spatial and gas-tight sealing of a contact region of contacting elements of the pluggable connector coupling from a free volume remaining in the pluggable connector coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Nikolai Fink, Frank Bonschab, Markus Beissert
  • Patent number: 10481171
    Abstract: An automated sample specimen storage system including a tube holding microplate including a plate frame, a predetermined array of tube holding receptacles formed in the plate frame, the receptacles having a SBS standard pitch corresponding to the predetermined array, and being configured for holding therein sample store and transport tubes, each disposed so as to contain sample specimen in a sample storage of the storage system and to effect, with the sample tube, delivery from the sample storage to a workstation, the predetermined array of receptacles defining a volume capacity of the tube holding microplate, and each of the receptacles being shaped to conformally engage walls of the sample tubes and hold a respective one of the sample store and transport tubes, wherein the receptacles are arranged so that the tube holding microplate volume capacity defined by the predetermined array is an under optimum volume capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Etienne Croquette, Robin Grimwood, David Andrew Harding, Chris Walsh
  • Patent number: 10471422
    Abstract: A pipette home position locating mechanism and a manual pipette equipped with such a home position locating mechanism. The home position locating mechanism is spring-biased but compressible in a proximal-to-distal direction. The spring preload force of the home position locating mechanism is selected to be greater than force of exerted by a stroke spring of the pipette to which the home position locating mechanism is attached while the stroke spring is at its blowout position, but less than the combined force exerted by the stroke spring at its blowout position and a blowout spring of the pipette in its preload position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo Rainin, LLC
    Inventors: James S. Petrek, William D. Homberg
  • Patent number: 10474272
    Abstract: A display device according to an exemplary embodiment includes a display panel displaying an image, and a sensor unit positioned on the display panel and configured to sense a pressure caused by a gas as an input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hye Sog Lee, Hyo Sun Kim, Won-Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 10466066
    Abstract: Techniques of altitude determination by user equipment (UE) in a mobile communications network are discussed. A request for calibration data is transmitted to a node of the network. Barometric calibration data is received at the UE. A barometric pressure sensor in the UE measures a barometric pressure value based on the barometric calibration data. Measuring the barometric pressure value using the barometric pressure sensor in an embodiment comprises adjusting a measured barometric pressure value that is measured using the barometric pressure sensor. The barometric pressure value is transmitted to the node. The UE receives a second part of the barometric calibration data, and in dependence of the second part of the barometric calibration data and/or in dependence of the measured barometric pressure value, determines an altitude of the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Fredrik Gunnarsson, Henrik Revsbech Dam, Javier Muñoz Martin
  • Patent number: 10466229
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a substrate arrangement and a sensor chip mounted to the substrate arrangement. A sensing element is integrated on or in the sensor chip and is sensitive to at least one parameter of a fluid. An access opening is provided in the substrate arrangement enabling the fluid to access the sensing element. A metallization arranged on at least a portion of the substrate arrangement seals a chamber containing the sensor chip which portion comprises one or more of a wall defining the access opening or an area facing the sensor chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SENSIRION AG
    Inventors: Matthias Schibli, Daniel Lehmann
  • Patent number: 10458398
    Abstract: A method of setting a zero point according to one embodiment of the present disclosure relates to a method of setting a zero point of a bi-directional linear pump for an active suspension apparatus supplying fluid to an actuator connected to a coil spring coupled to a wheel of a vehicle, which includes controlling at least one of a first valve disposed between the actuator and the pump and a second valve disposed between the pump and a fluid reservoir by means of an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first Operation, moving a piston disposed inside the pump to one side to move the piston up to a MAX Stroke position of the one side in a second Operation, calculating an approximate MIN Stroke position of the other side of the piston based on the MAX Stroke position of the one end thereof in a third Operation, moving the piston to the other side to move the piston up to a MIN Stroke position in a fourth Operation, comparing the approximate MIN Stroke position of the other side with the MIN Stroke position thereo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Seung Hwan Jeong
  • Patent number: 10451513
    Abstract: A torque calibrating system that includes a power tong, a load cell assembly, and a torque arm having first and second ends, wherein the first end is adapted to impose a load on the load cell assembly when the power tong is actuated to impose a torque on the second end. The system also includes a hydraulic system that is adapted to actuate the power tong, wherein the hydraulic system includes a pressure gage that is adapted to measure a hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic system when the power tong is actuated, the measured hydraulic pressure corresponding to the load imposed on the load cell assembly and to the torque imposed on the second end of the torque arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Gray, Joe Yates
  • Patent number: 10451450
    Abstract: An external device is configured to be detachably attached to a measuring instrument via a connector. The external device includes a connector part, an external device body part and a movable connection part. The connector part has a connection terminal. The external device body part has a display part on a side surface of the external device body part. The movable connection part is configured to connect the connector part with the external device body part. The movable connection part is a biaxial rotation hinge having two pivot axes which are in a twisted position relationship with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Atsuya Niwano, Shuji Hayashida, Nobuyuki Hayashi, Yuji Fujikawa, Koji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10451597
    Abstract: A determination device determining malfunction of a humidity sensor includes a malfunction determination portion. The humidity sensor includes a humidity detector, a temperature detector and a heater. The humidity detector has a humidity-sensitive film in an intake passage and detects a relative humidity of intake air taken into an internal combustion engine for a vehicle. The temperature detector detects a temperature of the humidity-sensitive film. The heater heats the humidity-sensitive film and the temperature of the humidity-sensitive film is increased by the heater. The malfunction determination portion estimates an estimated relative humidity at a subsequent temperature from an original relative humidity and the subsequent temperature, and compares the estimated relative humidity at the subsequent temperature and an actual subsequent relative humidity to determine malfunction of the humidity detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Yasushi Kono
  • Patent number: 10451521
    Abstract: A scanner for inspecting a component is disclosed. The scanner may include a main body having a clamp attachable to the component, a first arm moveably attached to the main body, a first probe attached to the first arm, a first axial actuator in mechanical communication with the first arm, a second arm moveably attached to the main body, a second probe attached to the second arm, a second axial actuator in mechanical communication with the second arm, and a radial actuator in mechanical communication with the first arm and the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Elena Otero, Thomas Morris, Christoph Hurzeler
  • Patent number: 10451600
    Abstract: A soil sampling apparatus, system and method for creating soil shavings. As the continuous soil shaving chain or other means of creating soil shavings penetrates the soil, soil shavings are discharged through a discharge opening for collection in a canister for analysis of the soil characteristics. In an alternative embodiment, a sensor is positioned to detect soil characteristics as the soil shavings are discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: 360 Yield Center, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Tony Carbaugh, Rhett W. Schildroth
  • Patent number: 10442049
    Abstract: The invention primarily relates to a system (10) for detecting a total or partial obstruction of at least one internal fluid pipe (11) of a tool (12), characterized in that said system (10) comprises: a pneumatic system (13) that is intended to be connected upstream of said internal pipe (11) of said tool (12), a pressure source (16) that is connected to said pneumatic system (13) by means of a solenoid valve (17), and a control unit (22) that is configured to open said solenoid valve (17) so as to pressurize said pneumatic system (13), and then to close said solenoid valve (17) so as to let said pneumatic system (13) be emptied freely by means of said internal pipe (11), and to detect an obstruction state of said internal pipe (11) depending on an analysis over time of a change in the pressure in said pneumatic system (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Pierre Faverjon, Cyrille Urville
  • Patent number: 10446260
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a preserved serial set of sequential, iterative, and ordered thin sections of a specimen block, and a catalog of images taken from one or more sub-series of the set of sections and organized so as to create a three-dimensional profile of the microscopic structures of the specimen block. The serial set of sequential, iterative, and ordered thin sections are prepared from the specimen block by cutting and imaging thin sections of that specimen block so that the thin sections remain strictly in the sequential, iterative, order in which they are cut from the specimen block. A spatial index is created from the cataloged three-dimensional images which is searchable by local content-based image retrieval (LCBIR). The LCBIR query is used to locate, within the three-dimensional index, microscopic structural features, thereby making that portion of the specimen available for further analysis and/or for extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Clarapath, Inc.
    Inventor: Partha P. Mitra
  • Patent number: 10444403
    Abstract: A water body drifter device for tracking movement of a fluid is disclosed. The drifter may include a floater assembly having a toroid shaped buoy fixedly connected to a floater head disposed interiorly to the toroid shaped buoy, the floater head having a recess and a cap sealably attached to the recess for housing a network-enabled controller. The drifter may also include one or more sensors mounted to the floater assembly to capture physical, chemical or biological data from the water body and/or from the environment around the water body, a drogue formed of a plurality of blades each spaced from one another, and a flexible connector attached to the floater assembly at one end and the drogue at another end. The floater assembly, the drogue, and the flexible connector may each be formed of one or more biodegradable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Tamay Ozgokmen, Charles Cousin, Guillaume Novelli, Cedric Guigand
  • Patent number: 10444132
    Abstract: A bipendulum impact test machine for imparting impact damage includes a frame of beams where a weighted sled swings from a pair of links extending from a carriage. The carriage and sled are vertically adjustable along a set of vertical shafts of the frame. The sled is permanently horizontally oriented and parallel with the carriage. Interchangeable impact tips are removably and adjustably engaged with the sled. The impact tips have a variety of shapes in order to simulate different impact scenarios. The device is mobile and capable of imparting impact damage to large aircraft parts even in an installed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Thomas Howie
  • Patent number: 10444046
    Abstract: A system for measuring flow rate within a volume includes one or more transmission devices that transmit one or more signals through fluid contained within the volume. The volume may be bounded, at least in part, by an outer structure and by an object at least partially contained within the outer structure. A transmission device located at a first location of the outer structure transmits a first signal to a second location of the outer structure. A second signal is transmitted through the fluid from the second location to a third location of the outer structure. The flow rate of the fluid within the volume may be determined based, at least in part, on the time of flight of both the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NUSCALE POWER, LLC
    Inventor: Cristhian Galvez
  • Patent number: 10436678
    Abstract: A system for on-stream sampling of pressurized process gas such as natural gas or the like, said system optimized for use with pressurized process gas having liquid entrained therein, or otherwise referenced as “wet”. In the preferred embodiment, a probe and method of sampling is contemplated to provide linear sample of fluids from a predetermined of said fluid stream. Further taught is the method of preventing compositional disassociation of a gas sample having entrained liquid utilizing a probe having a passage formed to facilitate capillary action in fluid(s) passing therethrough. The present system further contemplates a heated pressure regulator or adapter formed to thermally engage a heat trace via conducting plates and heat pipes, in order to dispense with the need for an external power source for heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Mayeaux Holding LLC
    Inventor: Valmond Joseph St Amant, III
  • Patent number: 10436665
    Abstract: A method comprises suspending a measuring element within a fluid and applying measuring power to the measuring element. Radiation loss compensation power is applied to a heating element. The radiation loss compensation power is selected to compensate parasitic radiative heat loss from the measuring element. Heat transfer from the measuring element into the fluid is evaluated and a property of the fluid is derived. A sensor which implements the method uses a resistive measuring element which is electrically connected to an evaluation circuit. The heating element is electrically connected to a power source. A processor receives an input from the evaluation circuit and calculates a property of the fluid while the power source provides radiation loss compensation power to the first heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Heinz Plöchinger
  • Patent number: 10429283
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a mechanical device that efficiently measures physical parameters such as compression strength, elasticity, firmness, deformation resistance and the like, on one or a plurality of compressible test objects including fruits, nuts and vegetables, and which operates in a semi-automatic fashion using a rotatable turntable with multiple wells to hold a plurality of test objects in place during measurement using one or more positionable sensors capable of measuring a physical parameter when brought into contact with the test object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Robert E. Switek, Jr.