Patents Examined by Ruben C Parco, Jr
  • Patent number: 11448507
    Abstract: A frequency modulation MEMS triaxial gyroscope, having two mobile masses; a first and a second driving body coupled to the mobile masses through elastic elements rigid in a first direction and compliant in a second direction transverse to the first direction; and a third and a fourth driving body coupled to the mobile masses through elastic elements rigid in the second direction and compliant in the first direction. A first and a second driving element are coupled to the first and second driving bodies for causing the mobile masses to translate in the first direction in phase opposition. A third and a fourth driving element are coupled to the third and fourth driving bodies for causing the mobile masses to translate in the second direction and in phase opposition. An out-of-plane driving element is coupled to the first and second mobile masses for causing a translation in a third direction, in phase opposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Tocchio, Luca Giuseppe Falorni, Claudia Comi, Valentina Zega
  • Patent number: 11441983
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for conducting a drop test of an article with one or more target parameters can include dropping the article and a drop carriage of a drop tower from an initial height with respect to a base of the drop tower for an initial drop test. The article can be coupled to the drop carriage. The method can include detecting accelerometer data with respect to the article for an initial impact between the drop carriage and the base of the drop tower; determining a constant energy balance curve; determining, based on the constant energy balance curve and a target pulse duration, a target complex stiffness and/or a target total weight; adjusting, based on the target complex stiffness or the target total weight, the complex stiffness and/or the total weight for a subsequent drop test; and conducting the subsequent drop test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Miller, Paul Kevin Smith, Mark Vincent Brancale
  • Patent number: 11433654
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems and methods for a fluid-filled pressure sensor assembly for higher pressure environments. A fluid-filled pressure sensor assembly may be adapted for coupling to a structure at a mating surface and may include a header; a pressure sensor coupled to the header; a diaphragm coupled to the header and configured for positioning forward of the mating surface so that a fluid region is disposed between the diaphragm and the pressure sensor; a fill hole coupled to the fluid region; a sealing element coupled to the fill hole and configured for positioning forward of the mating surface; and wherein during operation the first pressure applied at the diaphragm is substantially transferred by the fluid in the fluid region and the fill hole to an inner-side of the sealing element and the first pressure is about equivalent to a second pressure applied at an outer-side of the sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Gardner, Louis DeRosa, Richard Martin
  • Patent number: 11435687
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is configured to execute a print job for printing on a sheet supplied from a sheet supplying mechanism formed of a first sheet feeding apparatus configured to temporarily stop conveyance of the sheet within a conveyance path thereof or a second sheet feeding apparatus configured not to temporarily stop conveyance of the sheet within a conveyance path thereof. The image forming apparatus includes an image former configured to form an image on the sheet; an obtaining device configured to obtain apparatus information representing a type of an apparatus forming the sheet supplying mechanism; and a controller configured to determine, based on the apparatus information and the sheet supplying mechanism instructed to feed the sheet by the print job, timings to send, to the sheet supplying mechanism, a feed request for starting to feed the sheet and a delivery request for instructing to deliver the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Kawakita, Satoru Yamamoto, Koji Yumoto, Akinobu Nishikata, Takashi Yokoya
  • Patent number: 11421991
    Abstract: A yaw-rate sensor with a substrate having a main extension plane. The yaw-rate sensor includes a rotation-element assembly, the rotation-element assembly being designed for detecting yaw rates prevailing in a first main extension axis of the substrate and yaw rates prevailing in a second main extension axis of the substrate perpendicular to the first main extension axis. The yaw-rate sensor has a sensor assembly, the sensor assembly being designed for detecting a yaw rate prevailing perpendicular to the main extension plane of the substrate, both the sensor assembly and the rotation-element assembly being drivable with the aid of a drive assembly, the drive assembly being designed for driving movement along the first main extension axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lassl, Burkhard Kuhlmann, Jan-Timo Liewald, Matthias Kuehnel, Niels Bode, Nils Felix Kuhlmann, Peter Degenfeld-Schonburg, Reinhard Neul
  • Patent number: 11391685
    Abstract: A sensitive device includes a plurality of first conductive nanostructures, a conductive layer and at least one electrode. The conductive layer covers the first conductive nanostructures. An intrinsic melting point of the conductive layer is higher than that of the first conductive nanostructures. At least one of the conductive layer and the first conductive nanostructures is sensitive to gas. The electrode is electrically connected to at least one of the first conductive nanostructures and the conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: E Ink Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Wen Zan, Chuang-Chuang Tsai, Po-Yi Chang, Hung-Chuan Liu, Yi-Ting Chou, Wei-Tsung Chen
  • Patent number: 11389702
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of indicating the ball center of gravity position. The method of indicating the ball center of gravity position includes the following step of: moving the ball to a rotating member of a rotating device; driving the rotating member to rotate the ball along a axis of rotation of the rotating device, and adjust the center of gravity of the ball corresponding to the position of the rotating device; moving the ball onto a first carrier of a first transport device; and marking an identification mark on a predetermined area of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc., Foremost Golf Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Sheng Huang, Chia-Cheng Wu, Chih-Sheng Tseng
  • Patent number: 11353434
    Abstract: A molecular detection apparatus according to a embodiment includes: a collection unit which collects detection target gases each containing molecule to be detected; a concentration adjusting unit which dilutes and/or concentrates the molecule, and generates a plurality of detection target gases having different concentrations of the molecule; a detection unit to which the plurality of detection target gases are sequentially introduced, and which includes a plurality of detection cells each outputting detection signals based on the concentrations of the molecule in the plurality of detection target gases; and a discrimination unit which discriminates the molecule by change tendencies of the detection signals based on the concentrations of the molecule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Oki, Hirohisa Miyamoto, Ko Yamada
  • Patent number: 11346691
    Abstract: The sensor adaptor includes a case body of which a front end is closed and a rear end is open, a cap body being engageable with the rear end of the case body, a seal member interposed between the case body and the cap body, and a fixing portion configured to fix the case body to the mounting portion. A part of the sensor is inserted into an accommodation space of the case body, and the remaining portion of the sensor is drawn out to the outside via an opening of the cap body. The seal member is disposed on a rear end side of the case body to surround the sensor. The seal member is brought into close contact with the case body and the sensor. Accordingly, a gap between the part of the sensor and the case body is sealed from an external space by the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Ushiro, Hiroto Katsura, Makoto Iwai, Hiroyuki Tsuchida, Yusuke Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11346746
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a testing apparatus for directional simulation of dynamic collision between a deep-sea shell structure and seabed, including: a launching device, a high-pressure water pump device, a high-speed camera, a sensor system, a data collection and control system, etc. This device is installed in a geotechnical centrifuge for experiment, a super-gravity environment is provided to meet requirements of simulation of a deep-sea environment, and a deep-sea high-pressure environment is created through a high-pressure water pump device by superposition. A direction of the launching device is adjusted through a universal rotating shaft to control the shell structure to be launched from a specified direction to collide with soil at a predetermined position. A high-speed camera is used to capture an entire experiment process, and strain and acceleration sensors are used to collect experiment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Junwei Liu, Shengjie Rui, Congbo Zhu, Haojie Zhang, Hua Yang
  • Patent number: 11338570
    Abstract: Devices include electrically conductive elements contacting a vacuum belt, and a voltage source connected to the electrically conductive elements. The electrically conductive elements form an electrical circuit from the voltage source, through the belt, and back to the voltage source. The electrically conductive elements are positioned so that they are separated from the belt when the belt moves the sheets of media between the electrically conductive elements and the belt. A processor is capable of identifying leading edges of the sheets of media on the belt (when voltage of the electrical circuit changes from a relatively higher voltage to a relatively lower voltage) and identifying trailing edges of the sheets of media on the belt (when the voltage of the electrical circuit changes from the relatively lower voltage back to the relatively higher voltage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron M. Moore, Timothy G. Shelhart, Timothy D. Slattery, Joseph M. Ferrara, Jr., Carlos M. Terrero, Jacob R. McCarthy, Roberto A. Irizarry
  • Patent number: 11340070
    Abstract: A vibrator device includes a vibrator element, and a support substrate disposed so as to be opposed to the vibrator element. The support substrate includes a base configured to support the vibrator element, a support configured to support the base, a plurality of beams configured to couple the base and the support to each other, and a drive signal interconnection, a drive constant-potential interconnection, a detection signal interconnection, and a detection constant-potential interconnection each laid around the base and the support passing the beams, and in predetermined one of the beams, at least one of the drive constant-potential interconnection and the detection constant-potential interconnection is disposed on a surface on the vibrator element side, and the detection signal interconnection is disposed on a surface on the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Ryuta Nishizawa, Keiichi Yamaguchi, Seiichiro Ogura
  • Patent number: 11313876
    Abstract: Angular accelerometers are described, as are systems employing such accelerometers. The angular accelerometers may include a proof mass and rotational acceleration detection beams directed toward the center of the proof mass. The angular accelerometers may include sensing capabilities for angular acceleration about three orthogonal axes. The sensing regions for angular acceleration about one of the three axes may be positioned radially closer to the center of the proof mass than the sensing regions for angular acceleration about the other two axes. The proof mass may be connected to the substrate though one or more anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Zhang, Jianglong Zhang, Alan O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 11268976
    Abstract: A MEMS sensor includes a proof mass that is suspended over a substrate. A sense electrode is located on a top surface of the substrate parallel to the proof mass, and forms a capacitor with the proof mass. The sense electrodes have a plurality of slots that provide improved performance for the MEMS sensor. A measured value sensed by the MEMS sensor is determined based on the movement of the proof mass relative to the slotted sense electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Castro, Matthew Thompson, Leonardo Baldasarre, Sarah Nitzan, Houri Johari-Galle
  • Patent number: 11243227
    Abstract: An angular acceleration sensor includes a curved track having first and second metallic layers, and a spherical conductive ball provided within the track. The first metallic layer has a constant, uniform, width along a length of the track while the second metallic layer has a varying-width along the length of the track. An angular acceleration experienced by the spherical conductive ball is associated with a change in a capacitance between the spherical conductive ball and the curved track, which is uniquely associated with an external linear acceleration experienced by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, Wedyan Babatain, Rishabh Mishra
  • Patent number: 11243131
    Abstract: A resonant pressure sensor includes a first substrate including a diaphragm and at least one projection disposed on the diaphragm, and at least one resonator disposed in the first substrate, at least a part of the resonator being included in the projection, and the resonator being disposed between a top of the projection and an intermediate level of the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshida, Yuusaku Yoshida, Atsushi Yumoto, Yoshitaka Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11231672
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a flag, a sensor, a loop controller, a detector, and an image controller. The flag is disposed between the first and second conveying units and moves when in contact with a recording material having a loop. A signal value output from the sensor varies per a flag position. The loop controller changes a recording material speed based on the signal value output. The detector detects the recording material or an image formed on the recording material and the image controller changes an image forming condition based on the detection. The detector includes first and second contacting members that move to nip the recording material. A position of the flag, for changing a signal value output from the sensor, is included in a range in which first and second contacting members are movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11225042
    Abstract: A graphic arts support assembly is operable to be used with a graphic arts plate assembly in a press. The graphic arts support assembly and the plate assembly are configured for removable association with a lift mechanism including a shiftable lift element. The support assembly includes a graphic arts magnetic support structure operable to removably support the graphic arts plate assembly. The magnetic support structure includes a support plate, a magnet fixed relative to the plate, and an alignment element projecting from the support plate. The support assembly is operable to be mounted on the lift mechanism so that the lift element is aligned with a lift opening of the support plate, with the lift element shiftable through the lift opening to locate at least part of the graphic arts plate assembly away from the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Engraving, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry R. Hutchison, Eric A. Domsch
  • Patent number: 11196884
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus, in which a recording material is conveyed by a reverse portion rotated in a first direction at a first velocity which is faster than a conveyance velocity of the recording material in a fixing portion after a rear end portion of the recording material passes through the fixing portion, and then, the recording material is conveyed to a conveying portion by the reverse portion rotated in a second direction opposite to the first direction through a conveyance path at a second velocity which is faster than the conveyance velocity of the recording material in the fixing portion, and a conveyance velocity of the recording material is set to a third velocity which is slower than the second velocity at a predetermined timing before the rear end portion of the recording material reaches a curved portion of the conveyance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Sato
  • Patent number: 11156459
    Abstract: Microelectromechanical sensor comprising a fixed part and a mobile part suspended from the fixed part such that the mobile part can move at least in an out-of-plane displacement direction, the fixed part comprising at least first electrodes extending parallel to the displacement direction of the mobile part, the mobile part comprising a seismic mass and at least second electrodes extending parallel to the out-of-plane displacement direction, the first electrodes and the second electrodes being located relative to each other so as to be interdigitated, in which the second electrodes are directly connected to the inertial mass and only part of the face of each mobile electrode is facing an electrode fixed at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Federico Maspero, Loic Joet