Patents Examined by Rose M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10309935
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving, among other things, the commission and maintenance checks of material handling equipment are described. In an example, sensor data may be generated based on movement of test equipment by a material handling equipment along a path between locations of a facility. The path may be associated with movement of an item by the material handling equipment. The sensor data may be associated with different conditions along the path. The test may include a plurality of sensors configured to generate the sensor data. Based on the sensor data, an indication of a location along the path and a condition may be provided. The condition may be associated with the location along the path and may affect movement of the item at the location. The indication may be provided to a user equipment that is remote from the test equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raashid Mohammed, Kevin Keck, David Bruce McCalib, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10302600
    Abstract: Inspection devices include a nozzle portion having at least one opening and a transducer disposed in a rear chamber of the housing. The housing has at least one fluid channel defined in the housing and extending along at least a portion of the rear chamber. The at least one fluid channel is configured to supply a fluid into a forward chamber of the housing proximate the transducer. Related methods include operating an inspection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy D. Palmer, Ronald G. Mellus, Edwin Dean S. Oba
  • Patent number: 10295500
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transmitting elements in an electroacoustical transceiver transmit acoustic energy to an electroacoustical transponder, which includes ultrasonic receiving elements to convert the acoustic energy into electrical power for the purposes of powering one or more sensors that are electrically coupled to the electroacoustical transponder. The electroacoustical transponder transmits data collected by the sensor(s) back to the electroacoustical transceiver wirelessly, such as through impedance modulation or electromagnetic waves. A feedback control loop can be used to adjust system parameters so that the electroacoustical transponder operates at an impedance minimum. An implementation of the system can be used to collect data in a vehicle, such as the tire air pressure. Another implementation of the system can be used to collect data in remote locations, such as in pipes, enclosures, in wells, or in bodies of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UltraPower Inc.
    Inventors: Inder Raj S. Makin, Harry Jabs, Leon J. Radziemski
  • Patent number: 10295502
    Abstract: A system for quality monitoring of additive manufacturing includes an acoustic emission (AE) sensor configured to be attached to an additive manufacturing substrate and to output a sensor signal indicative of acoustic vibrations received at the AE sensor and an AE module. The AE module is configured to receive the sensor signal from the AE sensor and process the sensor signal to determine at least one characteristic of an additive manufacturing process and/or an additively manufactured article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Delavan Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Clavette, Michael A. Klecka, Aaron T. Nardi, Greg C. Ojard
  • Patent number: 10267773
    Abstract: Disclosed is a phasing adder including delay charge transfer units including holding and transferring units which obtain signal charge amounts that are not amplified and which send and receive the signal charge amounts across a predetermined plurality of stages while holding the signal charge amounts for a predetermined time in each stage and a delay adder which performs phasing addition of the signal charges which are held for a predetermined number of stages in the delay charge transfer unit, and electric capacity of each first holding unit, which is the first stage among the plurality of stages in the holding and transferring unit, where the signal charges are obtained and held at a time of ultrasound wave reception is greater than electric capacity of each of later holding units where the signal charges are to be held in a second stage and stages thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC
    Inventor: Yuta Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10260466
    Abstract: The invention generally provides a system and method for detecting, measuring, and/or classifying particulate and/or water contaminants in a fluid supply line, storage tank, or sump. Embodiments of the invention provide a contaminant detection apparatus with a detection chamber and a detection module. The detection chamber includes a housing with an internal fluid conduit and one or more acoustic transducers disposed in the housing. Alarms and/or automatic signaling may be included to shut off valves or pumps when contaminants are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Progeny Systems Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Beers, Michael R. Strong, John R. Sevick, Michael E. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10254109
    Abstract: An OSS sound generation system employing an optical shape sensor (10), an optical shape sensor (10) controller, one or more audible devices (40) and a sound controller (30). In operation, the OSS controller (20) controls a generation by the optical shape sensor (10) of sensor data indicative of stimuli measurement(s) of the optical shape sensor (10), and the sound controller (30) interprets the sensor data to control a generation by the audible device(s) (40) of one or more sound(s) derived from the stimuli measurement(s) of the optical shape sensor (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Karen Irene Trovato, William J. Sgambati, Molly Lara Flexman, Bharat Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10247706
    Abstract: System and method for enabling ultrasonic inspection of a variable and irregular shape. The system comprises one or more ultrasonic pulser/receivers, one or more ultrasonic transducer arrays, a shoe or jig to hold and position the array(s), data acquisition software to drive the array(s), and data analysis software to select a respective best return signal for each pixel to be displayed. This system starts with information about the general orientation of the array relative to the part and a general predicted part shape. More specific orientation of the transmitted ultrasound beams relative to the part surface is done electronically by phasing the elements in the array(s) to cover the expected (i.e., predicted) surface as well as the full range of part surface variability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Hutchinson, James C. Kennedy, Barry A. Fetzer, Michael Joseph Duncan, Navpreet S. Grewal, Steven Ray Walton, Hien T. Bui
  • Patent number: 10241201
    Abstract: In a method and system for inspecting the condition of a structure, the structure is scanned with a three-dimensional (3D) scanner. The 3D scanner includes a sensing system having one of a radar sensing device or an ultrasonic detection device. The sensing system detects 3D information about a subsurface of the structure, and the 3D scanner generates 3D data points based on the information detected by one or more of the radar sensing device and the ultrasonic detection device. A 3D model is constructed from the 3D data and is then analyzed to determine the condition of the subsurface of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick H. Boyer, Nathan L. Tofte, Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 10234429
    Abstract: According to embodiments, a sensor includes a structure body, a container, a liquid and a sensing unit. The structure body includes a supporter, and a film unit. The film unit includes a first region. The first region includes a first end portion supported by the supporter, and a first portion being displaceable. The film unit includes an opening. The container is connected to the structure body. A first space is defined between the film unit and the container. The liquid is provided inside the first space. The sensing unit senses a displacement of the first portion accompanying a displacement of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Isao Shimoyama, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Binh Khiem Nguyen, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Minh Dung Nguyen, Hiroto Tamura, Quang Khang Pham, Takahiro Omori, Osamu Nishimura, Akihiro Kasahara
  • Patent number: 10228354
    Abstract: A single channel scanning acoustic microscope that increases the throughput of the acoustic imaging system by connecting a multi-transducer assembly in parallel to a single channel electronic circuit. The single channel scanning acoustic microscope includes multiple transducers configured to generate a time delay for individual ultrasonic waves generated by each transducer, wherein a pulse generator simultaneously sends a pulse signal to the multi-transducer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Igor N. Komsky, Lawrence W. Kessler
  • Patent number: 10215011
    Abstract: An element configured to be mounted at an end of a pipe suited to circulation of a fluid to extend the pipe. The element includes a hollow profiled body including a peripheral surface and a protective covering at least partially covering the peripheral surface. The element further includes a sensor of guided waves type, control electronics for the guided wave sensor, and an electric cable configured to connect the control electronics to corresponding electronics of the pipe. The electric cable and the guided wave sensor are fixed to the peripheral surface of the body under at least part of the protective covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VALLOUREC TUBES FRANCE
    Inventors: Adrien Trillon, Emmanuel Desdoit, Sebastien Petit
  • Patent number: 10210858
    Abstract: A novel system and method based on three-dimensional acoustic-manipulation technology is disclosed. By changing the distribution of an acoustic-potential field generated by ultrasonic phased arrays, objects can be levitated and animated. Various distributions of acoustic-potential fields can be generated in accordance with the present invention, including acoustic-potential fields having arbitrary shapes, including any three-dimensional shapes. One or more ultrasonic phased arrays surrounding a workspace can be used to generate standing waves of various shapes to provide the acoustic-potential fields. Objects can be suspended at the nodes of the acoustic-potential field so that the ultrasound distribution (i.e., the desired arbitrary shape) is visualized. The system and method can be used to realize floating screen or mid-air raster graphics, mid-air vector graphics, and interaction with levitated objects. The system and method can also be used in other applications, including cleaning applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pixie Dust Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichi Ochiai, Takayuki Hoshi, Jun Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 10209123
    Abstract: An acoustic module is coupled to an acoustic passage. The acoustic module includes an acoustic transducer coupled to a diaphragm. A controller or other circuitry measures an impedance of the acoustic transducer. Based on the impedance, the controller determines whether the impedance indicates that the acoustic passage is blocked. The controller may determine that the acoustic passage is blocked by liquid that is present in the acoustic passage. When the controller determines based on the impedance that liquid is present in the acoustic passage, the controller may drive out, purge, and/or otherwise remove the liquid, such as by using the acoustic transducer to vibrate the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolas T. Vitt, Ruchir M Dave, Jesse A. Lippert, Brad G. Boozer, Neal D. Evans, David S. Wilkes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10199028
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasonic transducer mounting assembly comprising an ultrasonic transducer element, a transducer housing inside which the ultrasonic transducer element is arranged, and an accommodation unit inside which the transducer housing is clamped in a clamping section. The disclosed assembly is characterized in that the clamping section comprises at least one bearing that has at least one rolling element, in particular at least one ball bearing that has at least one ball, for acoustically decoupling the transducer housing from the accommodation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRESS + HAUSER FLOWTEC AG
    Inventors: Pierre Ueberschlag, Michal Bezdek, Andreas Berger
  • Patent number: 10190943
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for inspection of rolling elements (W) by means of ultrasound, wherein the rolling elements (W) are taken individually to an ultrasound measuring device (4), wherein the rolling elements (W) are moved in the ultrasound measuring device (4) and subjected to an ultrasound measurement and wherein depending on a result of the ultrasound measurement the individual rolling elements (W) are classified as defective or nondefective. The subject matter of the invention is also a rolling element inspection layout for performance of the method, having at least one ultrasound measuring device (4) with a holder for the individual rolling elements (W), at least one ultrasound head (10) and a drive unit for the movement of the individual rolling elements (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Rothe Erde GmbH, Althaus Engineering
    Inventors: Martin Eckey, Heiko Althaus, Marco Burtchen
  • Patent number: 10184916
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for inspecting a manufacturing component. Devices include a centering device configured to modify a position of an ultrasonic probe assembly relative to a manufacturing component to bisect an angle associated with the manufacturing component. Devices may also include a surface sensing device configured to sense a curvature associated with the manufacturing component. Devices may further include a plurality of sensors configured to measure a first displacement value associated with the centering device and a second displacement value associated with the surface sensing device. The devices may include a control circuit configured to determine a position adjustment value based on at least one of the first displacement value and the second displacement value. The devices may also include an actuator configured to modify a position of an ultrasonic transducer based, at least in part, on the position adjustment value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dennis Sarr, Hien Bui, Christopher Brown
  • Patent number: 10175158
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method to detect, characterize and classify a particle. A light source and an ultrasound transducer are controlled to irradiate the particle with light and an ultrasound pulse. A feature associated with the particle is determined by processing ultrasound data resulting from the particle being irradiated. The feature is compared to a reference to determine at least one property of the particle. According to some non-limiting implementations, the feature comprises a power spectrum of the particle. According to some non-limiting implementations, the ultrasound data is processed to determine characteristics in a range of about 100 MHz to about 1000 MHz of the power spectrum. According to some non-limiting implementations, the ultrasound pulse is in a range of about 100 MHz to about 1000 MHz. A computing device to detect, characterize and classify a particle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Strohm, Michael Kolios
  • Patent number: 10168304
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for rail inspection include a inspection carriage that moves atop a rail and carries a rail height sensor directed toward the rail. The rail height sensor generates a signal correlated with a vertical position (height) of the rail relative to the carriage as the carriage moves along the rail. A signal processor converts the rail height signal to a log of rail heights along the rail. Further processing of the log, e.g., in the signal processor, identifies crushed head defects in the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sperry Rail Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Prince, Jan Kocur
  • Patent number: 10161912
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to test acoustic emission sensors are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a process control device, an acoustic emission sensor coupled to the process control device, where the acoustic emission sensor detects an operational condition of the process control device, and a piezoelectric tuning fork acoustically coupled to the acoustic emission sensor to test the operational condition of the acoustic emission sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Richard Allen Nordstrom, Shawn William Anderson, Bret Anthony Dahme