Patents Examined by Ruben C Parco, Jr
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10571267
    Abstract: An angular rate sensor. The sensor includes a Coriolis vibratory gyroscope (CVG) resonator, configured to oscillate in a first normal mode and in a second normal mode; a frequency reference configured to generate a reference signal; and a first phase control circuit. The first phase control circuit is configured to: measure a first phase difference between: a first phase target, and the difference between: a phase of an oscillation of the first normal mode and a phase of the reference signal. The first phase control circuit is further configured to apply a first phase correction signal to the CVG resonator, to reduce the first phase difference. A second phase control circuit is similarly configured to apply a second phase correction signal to the CVG resonator, to reduce a corresponding, second phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Logan D. Sorenson, Raviv Perahia, David T. Chang, Randall L. Kubena, Deborah J. Kirby, Hung Nguyen, Richard J. Joyce
  • Patent number: 10556458
    Abstract: Single perforating unit is enabled to perforate for file binders and to cut milling grooves, while with a simple structure file-binder storage and booklet-binding can be carried out reliably. Configurations include: a convey-in path for sequentially transferring sheets; a stacker for collating into bundles sheets from the convey-in path; and an adhesive-layer applicator for adding an adhesive layer to the spine-closure edge of sheet bundles from the stacker. A perforating unit is provided in along the convey-in path, and a control unit for controlling position and/or number of perforations made by the perforating unit is provided with (1) a first operation mode in which it effects the punching of a predetermined number of holes in the edge of sheets, and (2) a second operation mode in which it effects the formation of a predetermined number of crenulated grooves in the edge of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Sei Takahashi, Hideki Orii, Naoki Ueda, Keiichi Nagasawa, Kazuyuki Kubota
  • Patent number: 10549566
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an image processing apparatus includes an erasing unit configured to perform an image erasing process on each of a plurality of conveyed recording media, and a control unit configured to control the image erasing process performed by the erasing unit. The control unit stops the image erasing process with respect to at least one of the recording media when a conveyance error occurs in the recording medium, determines a situation of the at least one of the recording media causing the conveyance error, restarts the image erasing process after the conveyance error is cleared, counts a number of the recording media conveyed to the erasing unit in accordance with a counting method according to the determined situation of the recording media, and continues the restarted image erasing process performed until the counted number of the recording media reaches a target number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeharu Shokai
  • Patent number: 10541671
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a vibration device includes a first movable unit including first and second movable portions arranged in a direction parallel to a first axis and enabled to vibrate in the direction parallel to the first axis, a second movable unit enabled to vibrate in a direction parallel to a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, and a connection unit configured to connect the first and second movable units together, wherein the following relationship is satisfied fi>(1+1/(2Qa))fa where a resonant frequency of the first movable unit in an in-phase mode is denoted by fi, a resonant frequency of the first movable unit in an anti-phase mode is denoted by fa, and a Q factor of resonance of the first movable unit in the anti-phase mode is denoted by Qa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tamio Ikehashi, Shunta Maeda, Ryunosuke Gando, Yasushi Tomizawa
  • Patent number: 10520315
    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: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Tocchio, Luca Giuseppe Falorni, Claudia Comi, Valentina Zega
  • Patent number: 10514259
    Abstract: A two-axis microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gyroscope having four proof masses disposed in respective quadrants of a plane is described. The quad proof mass gyroscope may comprise an inner coupler passing between a first and a third proof mass and between a second and a fourth proof mass, and coupling the four proof masses with one another. The quad proof mass gyroscope may further comprising a first outer coupler coupling the first and the second proof masses and a second outer coupler coupling the third and the fourth proof masses. The outer couplers may have masses configured to balance the center of masses of the four proof masses, and may have elastic constants matching the elastic constant of the inner coupler. The quad gyroscope may further comprise a plurality of sense capacitors configured to sense angular rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Kemiao Jia, Xin Zhang, Jianglong Zhang, Jinbo Kuang
  • Patent number: 10488199
    Abstract: A gyroscope comprising a resonant structure and a plurality of transducers configured to drive a vibrational mode in the resonant structure and detect vibrations of the resonant structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of transducers comprises a piezoelectric mono crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Innalabs Limited
    Inventors: Jose Beitia, Alain Renault, Christopher Fell
  • Patent number: 10481057
    Abstract: A mechanical testing apparatus for a specimen is presented. The mechanical testing apparatus comprises a drop table system and a Hopkinson bar. The drop table system has a drop carriage. The Hopkinson bar is positioned parallel to a motion of the drop carriage and connected to the drop table system by the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Bo Song, Evan P. Johnson, Matthew A Spletzer, Jack D. Heister, Randy L. Everett, Thomas L. Martinez, Marlene E. Knight, Dennis John Kenney
  • Patent number: 10481078
    Abstract: A hygrometer includes a heat transfer section extending from a measurement space toward an outside space separated from the measurement space, a heat release amount control unit that causes heat to be released to the outside space from the heat transfer section such that an amount of heat released to the outside space is made constant, and a computation device that calculates a humidity of the measurement space. The computation device calculates the humidity from a heat transfer section temperature and a measurement space temperature using a relational expression based on a heat balance in the heat transfer section when condensation is occurring in a portion, of the heat transfer section, located within the measurement space in a state where the amount of heat released to the outside space from the heat transfer section is made constant by the heat release amount control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ESPEC CORP.
    Inventor: Satoru Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10466141
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for measuring pollutants contained in an exhaust stream exiting an engine, comprising the steps consisting of: Positioning a probe such that a sampling opening of said probe is positioned on a sampling surface provided at the outlet of the engine in the exhaust stream, and sampling the exhaust stream with said probe; Activating an analysis unit coupled with the probe in order to acquire characteristic data of the exhaust stream sampled by the probe; Controlling a movement of the probe to impart a continuous movement of the sampling opening along a specific trajectory on the sampling surface with constant surface scanning per unit of time, while continuing the sampling and the acquisition of characteristic data of the exhaust stream sampled by the probe; —Processing the data acquired by the analysis unit to measure the pollutants present in the exhaust stream. The invention also relates to a device for implementing this measuring method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Nadine Alice Hélène Harivel, Jean-Luc Verniau
  • Patent number: 10466626
    Abstract: A sheet supplying apparatus includes an alignment member pivotable to an alignment location for blocking and aligning fore-ends of media contained on a loading table, and a transport-allowing location for allowing a medium picked up by a pickup member to be transported, a cam gear including a gear portion partially including a tooth-omitted portion, and a cam portion for switching the alignment member between the alignment location and the transport-allowing location at first and second rotating locations, a swing arm pivotable about a same axis as a rotation axis of a main gear, and first and second swing gears supported by the swing arm to interlock with the main gear, selectively interlocking with the gear portion according to a rotating direction of the main gear, and rotating the cam gear to the first and second rotating locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-beom Yang, Sung-dae Kim
  • Patent number: 10444099
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a helmet testing system includes a sled adapted to support a bullet dummy, a track along which the sled can travel, a target dummy support apparatus adapted to support a target dummy at a point near an end of the track, and an impact cushion positioned at the end of the track that is adapted to halt forward motion of the sled along the track to enable the bullet dummy to be launched from the sled and into the target dummy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: UAB Research Foundation
    Inventor: Dean Sicking
  • Patent number: 10429260
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tire pressure sensing device for detecting the tire pressure in a pneumatic tire, comprising a pressure sensor (6) in a housing (1); a tire valve (11) or another retainer to be fastened to the rim, which bears the housing; a spring element (2), which is connected to the tire valve or the other retainer at one end and to the housing (1) at the other end, wherein the spring element is partially embedded in the housing and the housing has at least one opening (4, 5) in the area in which the spring element is embedded, said opening being partially or completely opened up by a soft component (13), which partially surrounds the spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ALLIGATOR VENTILFABRIK GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Markert
  • Patent number: 10416811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating a force input device are disclosed. The force input device includes a force-sensitive structure with a number of individual force sensors that compress or expand in response to input. The force input device measures an electrical property of the force sensors of the force-sensitive structure. After the force sensors are measured, the values obtained are adjusted based on a mechanical model of the response of the force sensitive structure. Upon receiving a force input event of high magnitude, the force input device recalibrates the mechanical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Golnaz Abdollahian, Wayne C. Westerman
  • Patent number: 10401172
    Abstract: An angular velocity acquisition device includes a movable body, a drive electrode to which a drive voltage is applied to vibrate the movable body in a first direction, at least one stopper that stops the movable body at a predetermined position, a hold electrode which receives a hold voltage to hold the movable body at the predetermined position, a detection unit that detects a predetermined physical quantity depending on an amplitude of the vibration of the movable body in a second direction based on a Coriolis force acting on the movable body that vibrates in the first direction, and an angular velocity calculation unit that calculates an angular velocity of the movable body based on the predetermined physical quantity detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Haruka Yamamoto, Yasushi Tomizawa, Tamio Ikehashi
  • Patent number: 10384479
    Abstract: A printer includes a mainframe including a front face part that has an opening through which a recording medium passes; a guide unit connected to the mainframe on a first side of the front face part; a printer mechanism unit configured to perform printing on the recording medium, and connected to the mainframe on a second side of the front face part opposite to the first side thereof; an arm unit having a first end connected to the mainframe; and a shaft unit configured to hold a roll of the recording medium, and connected to a second end of the arm unit, wherein the guide unit is configured to guide the recording medium so as to feed the recording medium to the printer mechanism unit through the opening of the front face part of the mainframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Tsuchiya, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori, Masaru Kihara
  • Patent number: 10365193
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for determining time-dependence failure under constant temperature through high pressure true triaxial loading for hard rock, includes a pressure chamber and four actuators, wherein a sample bearing platform is arranged in a center of the pressure chamber, a sample bearing and containing chamber is arranged in a center of the sample bearing platform, and a confining pressure loading oil supply hole is formed in the sample bearing platform, and communicates with a confining pressure loading injection pump; each actuator includes a sealing cover, an annular end cover, a counter-force cylinder barrel, a piston, a piston rod, a sealing flange and a stress loading injection pump; a heating coil is arranged in the pressure chamber; a force sensor is fixedly mounted at the end part of the piston rod; and a pressure sensor is mounted in the sample bearing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xia ting Feng, Xi wei Zhang, Cheng xiang Yang, Shuai Peng, Jun Tian, Rui Kong, Dong hui Ma