Patents Examined by Ruben C Parco, Jr
  • Patent number: 11054783
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a marking part that applies a predetermined mark to a margin of a rear end of a document having passed through an image reading position, a mark erasing part that erases the predetermined mark when the document is discharged from a sheet discharge port, and an image data processing unit that determines whether the predetermined mark exists in image data of a document image read by an image reading unit and erases the image data of the document image when it is determined that the predetermined mark exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Seiji Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 11029327
    Abstract: An inertial sensor includes a substrate, a movable element having an edge, and a suspension system retaining the movable element in spaced apart relationship above a surface of the substrate. The suspension system includes an anchor attached to the surface of the substrate, the anchor having a first side laterally spaced apart from the edge of the movable element, and a spring structure having a first attach point coupled to the first side of the anchor and a second attach point coupled to the edge of the movable element. The spring structure includes beam sections serially adjoining one another, the beam sections extending from the first side of the anchor and surrounding the anchor to couple to the edge of the movable element. The spring structure makes no more than one coil around the anchor to position the first attach point in proximity to the second attach point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew C. McNeil
  • Patent number: 10996056
    Abstract: A sensor structure and a method for operating a vibrating sensor of angular velocity comprising a rotor mass and two linearly moving masses is disclosed. The sensor structure and method comprises a rotor mass, two linearly moving masses, and two T-shaped levers each coupled with the two linearly moving masses and to the rotor mass. The T-shaped levers enable the rotor mass and the two linearly moving masses to be excited into an anti-phase primary mode, where the direction of angular momentum of the rotor mass is opposite to the direction of angular momenta of the linearly moving masses. Angular momenta of the rotor mass and the linearly moving masses cancel each other to a high extent, so that the total sum of angular momentum of the structure is very small. Nominal frequency of the anti-phase primary mode is distinctively low as compared to nominal frequencies of other possible primary modes, such as a parallel phase primary mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kato
  • Patent number: 10976237
    Abstract: A shoe traction testing and measuring device, comprising a base frame, a rear leg assembly, a front leg assembly, a hip joint, and a piston. The piston is connected to the base frame and the rear leg assembly. A lower portion of the rear leg assembly is connected to the base frame and an upper portion of the rear leg assembly is connected to an upper portion of the front leg assembly at the hip joint. The front leg assembly comprises an articulating ankle and a replica foot, which is configured to don a shoe to be tested. When the piston actuates forward, the upper portion of the rear leg assembly tilts forward, which causes the front leg assembly to move forward and downward, simulating a step of a human, which causes the shoe on the replica foot to contact a force plate or a surface that is on top of the force plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Heeluxe, LLC
    Inventor: Geoffrey Gray
  • Patent number: 10948398
    Abstract: An assay system for a repellent includes transparent tubing having end chambers; a central testing area positioned between the end chambers; small openings between the central testing area and end chambers; absorbent material positioned adjacent to the openings and being soaked in either a control substance or a repellent; and fruit flies are introduced into the central testing area and allowed to migrate through the openings and into either end chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Peng Xu
  • Patent number: 10942079
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base assembly, a gasket and a housing assembly. The base assembly may have a locking feature and a bearing feature. The locking feature may have a first passage in communication with an exterior of the apparatus. The gasket may be disposed on the base assembly and may have (i) a base portion, (ii) a column portion and (iii) a second passage in communication with the first passage. The housing assembly may have a sealing feature and may be configured to hold a sensor. The sealing feature (a) may mate with the bearing feature and (b) may compress the base portion of the gasket. The sensor (a) may seal to the column portion of the gasket and (b) may be in communication with the exterior of the apparatus through the first passage and the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER US INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Pusheck, Joshua Forwerck
  • Patent number: 10823754
    Abstract: In some examples, a device comprises a proof mass and a support base configured to support the proof mass, wherein the proof mass is configured to displace in response to an acceleration of the device. The device also comprises a flexure configured to flexibly connect the proof mass to the support base. The device also comprises a strain-monitoring device configured to measure an amount of strain on the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Dwyer, Stephen F. Becka
  • Patent number: 10800624
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus that reduces image artifacts caused by the back tension of a separating unit. A control unit decreases the number of rotations (the rotational speed) of a resist roller pair after the leading edge of a sheet reaches a transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwata, Motoyasu Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10775404
    Abstract: A method for closed loop operation of a capacitive accelerometer uses a single current source (62) and a single current sink (64) to apply an in-phase drive signal V1? to a first set of fixed capacitive electrode fingers and a corresponding anti-phase drive signal V2? to a second set of fixed capacitive electrode fingers. This provides a net electrostatic restoring force on the proof mass for balancing the inertial force of the applied acceleration and maintains the proof mass at a null position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Townsend, Michael Durston, Douglas Sitch
  • Patent number: 10767992
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a gyro sensor system including a gyro sensor unit is disclosed. The unit includes a movable body, a spring mechanism, a detector, an adjuster, and a rotation angle acquisition unit. The spring mechanism vibrates the movable body. A detector detects an amplitude of vibration of the movable body due to Coriolis force. The adjuster adjusts a first resonance frequency of vibration of the movable body in free vibration and a second resonance frequency of vibration of the movable body due to Coriolis force on the movable body so that the first and second resonance frequencies are to coincide with each other based on the amplitude of the vibration due to Coriolis force. The rotation angle acquisition unit acquires a rotation angle of the movable body, based on the amplitude of the vibration due to Coriolis force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Tamio Ikehashi
  • Patent number: 10768569
    Abstract: A fixing device includes first and second rotatable members; a movable member; a first supporting side plate including an opening; a second supporting side plate; a detecting portion; a supporting plate; a holding portion; a slit portion; a first projected portion; a second projected portion; and a hole. When the position of the holding portion with respect to the height direction is regulated by the second projected portion in contact with the supporting plate, in a projection plane in which the outside of the first supporting side plate is viewed in the longitudinal direction of the first rotatable member, the flag portion is accommodated inside the opening and is in a non-overlapping position with the detecting portion. When the projected portion is engaged in the hole, in the projection plane, the flag portion is in an overlapping position with the detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shutaro Saito
  • Patent number: 10753744
    Abstract: A MEMS sensor device comprises a support substrate, a proof mass movably connected to the support substrate, a first drive comb fixedly connected to the support substrate in a first orientation and adjacent to the proof mass, and a second drive comb fixedly connected to the support substrate in a second orientation and adjacent to the proof mass. The second orientation is opposite of the first orientation such that the first and second drive combs face toward each other. A parallel plate sense electrode is located under the proof mass on the support substrate. The drive combs and the parallel plate sense electrode are each electrically charged and configured with respect to the proof mass such that a combination of a levitation force and a parallel plate force produces a linear out-of-plane actuation that depends only on an applied voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mikulas Jandak, Tomas Neuzil, Hana Krausova, Michael Schneider, Ulrich Schmid
  • Patent number: 10753826
    Abstract: A test sample support for use in a collision test using a center pillar assembly of an automobile body as a test sample, includes a linear main body, a first attachment part, and a second attachment part. A cross section of the main body of the test sample support is an open section of cross-shaped. The first attachment part is secured to the center pillar assembly. The second attachment part is secured to a collision test apparatus. This makes it possible to perform a collision test conveniently and at a low cost, thereby accurately evaluating side collision performance of the center pillar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Ito, Susumu Yuasa
  • Patent number: 10746548
    Abstract: Novel structural features applicable to a variety of inertial sensors. A composite ring composed of concentric subrings is supported by a compliant support structure suspending the composite ring relative to a substrate. The compliant support structure may either be interior or exterior to the composite ring. The compliant support may be composed of multiple substantially concentric rings coupled to neighboring rings by transverse members regularly spaced at intervals that vary with radius relative to a central axis of symmetry. Subrings making up the composite ring may vary in width so as to provide larger displacement amplitudes at intermediate radii, for example. In other embodiments, electrodes are arranged to reduce sensitivity to vibration and temperature, and shock stops are provided to preclude shorting in response to shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Gregory, Igor P. Prikhodko
  • Patent number: 10739185
    Abstract: The automatic calibration device for integrating conveyor belt scales (100) is incorporated to a mounted-type integrating conveyor belt scale, mounted to bulk material conveyors, featuring a structure that supports racks with rolled cylinders, which, when assembled, are able to support the conveyor belt; the automatic calibration device (100) with the movement mechanism, comprised in this implementation, by a pair of parallelograms comprised of the beams (1) and (2) connected by rotating joints (7), (8), (9), (10) to the minor arms, (22), (23), (24), (25) which, in turn, are connected to the parallel shafts (3) and (4), with the distances between centers being equal to the distance between rotating joints of the beams; an actuator (14) is used to move standard weights (11) and (12), initially supported onto cavities (16), (17), (18) and (19) provided on the beams (1) and (2) of the parallelograms, until reaching the berths (30), (31), (32) and (33) connected to the weigh bridge (41) of the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Breno Chvaicer
  • Patent number: 10684111
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for non-destructive testing of an effective anchorage depth of a fully grouted anchor bolt, which are applicable in geotechnical engineering. The method provided by the invention is for non-destructive testing of an effective anchorage depth of a fully grouted anchor bolt; the method is convenient to operate, non-destructive to an anchor bolt, and capable of testing an anchorage length of the anchor bolt. The present invention further provides an apparatus for non-destructive testing of an effective anchorage depth of a fully grouted anchor bolt. The apparatus has a simple structure, is convenient to install, and is capable of measuring an anchorage length of an anchor bolt without damaging the anchor bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: POWERCHINA HUADONG ENGINEERING CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Ning Liu, Chunsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10684107
    Abstract: The present invention provides a projectile for use in a simulated fan-blade-off ballistic test. The projectile has an ellipsoid body having a blind axial bore extending from a first axial end. The blind axial bore is for housing a weight adjustment body which can be used to modify the weight and/or centre of gravity of the projectile. A sealing plug may seal the weight adjustment body within the axial bore and an insert may be provided to fix the position of the weight adjustment body and/or to control the sliding of the weight adjustment body within the axial bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Williams, James Finlayson
  • Patent number: 10641605
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for measuring a clearance. The apparatus comprises: a first measurement component configured to be mounted on a first object in a mounted state thereof, so that a first measurement surface of the first measurement component is aligned with a first surface to be measured of the first object; and a second measurement component configured to be mounted on a second object in a mounted state thereof, so that a second measurement surface of the second measurement component is aligned with a second surface to be measured of the second object, wherein the first measurement component comprises a measurement instrument configured to measure a first distance between the measurement instrument and the first measurement surface and a second distance between the measurement instrument and the second measurement surface, wherein the clearance is calculated based on the first distance and the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianglong Li, Xiaoran Duan, Changkai Zhao, Quanyue Li, Feng He
  • Patent number: 10626820
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing a variable valve timing system configured for enhancing precision of diagnosis regarding a variable valve timing system by precisely diagnosing whether an oil pressure detecting device of the variable valve timing system normally operates, may include a normal operation time determining operation of determining a normal operation time of an oil pressure detecting device to determine whether the oil pressure detecting device is normal after an engine starts, and a diagnosing operation of diagnosing whether the oil pressure detecting device is normal according to whether the oil pressure detecting device of the VVT system is turned off within the normal operation time or whether oil pressure reaches reference pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Yong Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10585111
    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 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Zhang, Jianglong Zhang