Patents Examined by Ryan D. Walsh
  • Patent number: 11966192
    Abstract: A first side frame is apart from a second side frame in a first direction. A photosensitive drum is rotatable about a drum axis extending in the first direction. The photosensitive drum is rotatably supported between the first side frame and the second side frame. A grip portion extends in the first direction. A first connector extends in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The first connector connects the first side frame and a first end portion of the grip portion. The second connector extends in the second direction. The second connector connects the second side frame and a second end portion of the grip portion. A scanner unit is configured to expose the photosensitive drum to light. The scanner unit is located between the photosensitive drum and the grip portion as viewed in a third direction which is perpendicular to the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 11965734
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for quantitatively evaluating surface roughness of an organic pore of kerogen in shale. The method includes: making a shale sample; applying a circle of silver-painted conductive tape on the edge of the shale sample to obtain a processed sample; conducting image scanning on the processed sample to obtain a scanned image; determining a kerogen area according to the scanned image; determining an organic pore area according to the kerogen area; carrying out gridding treatment on the organic pore area to obtain multiple grid cells; adopting double integral calculation on each of the grid cells to obtain the areas of the multiple grid cells; summing each of the areas to obtain the surface area of the organic pore; and evaluating surface roughness of the organic pore according to the surface area of the pore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Northeast Petroleum University
    Inventors: Shansi Tian, Bo Liu, Xiaofei Fu, Fang Zeng, Xu Dong, Yifei Gao, Zhenjie Luo
  • Patent number: 11959787
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses associated with flow sensing devices are provided. An example flow sensing device may include a sensing element disposed at least partially within the housing, and a plurality of channels disposed within the housing defining a flow path configured to convey a flowing media through the flow sensing device, wherein the flow path is disposed proximate the sensing element such that at least a portion of the flowing media makes direct contact with the sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Speldrich, Jamie Speldrich, Paul Bey, Scott Beck, Ian Bentley, Steven Lowery, Richard Bishop
  • Patent number: 11958010
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermal desorber assembly for desorbing substances collected on a high-volume sampling (HVS) filter. The assembly includes, among other elements, a filter holder for securing a HVS filter within the assembly, a desorber body, and an insulating enclosure. The design of the thermal desorber assembly is such that it can accommodate a variety of different types of HVS filter media. Also described herein is a system comprising the thermal desorber assembly and method of using the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: Signature Science, LLC, Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Homeland Security
    Inventors: Joseph A. DiCicco, Paul M. Flanigan, IV, David Perry, John Brady, Barry Smith
  • Patent number: 11942231
    Abstract: An airtight apparatus in which an airtight box (30) for measurement is combined with a glove box (20) is provided. The airtight box (30) for measurement includes a hollow housing (31), and a sample stage (34) having a sample loading portion. The sample stage (34) is transported by a transport stage (35) installed in the housing (31). The housing (31) is provided with a measurement window (40) for measuring a sample loaded on the sample stage (34) from the outside by a measurement apparatus (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Koichiro Ito, Tetsuya Ozawa, Takeshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 11938304
    Abstract: Impact testing apparatuses are disclosed which simulate and measure various impact-related events associated with the operation of a drug delivery device. The impact testing apparatus may include an impactor configured to simulate a plunger rod of the drug delivery device, and a guide sleeve configured to receive a syringe corresponding to the drug delivery device. The syringe may have a proximal end, a distal end defining an outlet, and an interior chamber extending between the proximal and distal ends and carrying a plunger. Additionally, the impact testing apparatus may include an energy source configured to reduce a distance between the impactor and the plunger so that the impactor strikes the plunger. Various sensors may be included to measure characteristics of one or more impacts caused by the impactor. Methods of impact testing a syringe filled with a fluid and carrying a plunger are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Julian Jazayeri, Sean Fitzgibbon, Joshua Tamsky, Christopher R. Folk
  • Patent number: 11940315
    Abstract: A filling level determination system, for determining a filling level of a product in a tank, comprising a measurement unit for arrangement at a measurement position, the measurement unit including a transceiver; and an antenna arrangement coupled to the transceiver for radiating an electromagnetic transmit signal generated by the transceiver from the measurement position towards a target position on the tank wall, and for returning an electromagnetic first reflection signal resulting from reflection of the transmit signal at the target position back towards the transceiver; and processing circuitry coupled to the transceiver of the measurement unit and being configured to determine the filling level based on tank deformation data indicative of a known relation between the level of the product in the tank and deformation of the tank at the first target position, and a timing relation between the first transmit signal and the first reflection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Håkan Delin, Lars-Ove Larsson, Stig Larsson, Peter Schachinger, Thomas Örtenberg
  • Patent number: 11933776
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a pressure meter testing apparatus and method that allows operations/engineers the ability to determine in-situ stiffness values of geological stratum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jean E. Elkhoury, Thomas Berard, Emilie Peyret, Romain Prioul, Vincenzo De Gennaro
  • Patent number: 11927907
    Abstract: An image forming device including a gate mechanism reduces a noise generated when a sheet is conveyed. The image forming device includes a conveyance path and a gate. The conveyance path is branched into a plurality of paths, and the sheet is conveyed along a conveyance direction. The gate is provided at a position in the conveyance path at which the conveyance path is branched into the plurality of paths, and switches a path through which the sheet is conveyed. The image forming device rotates the gate in a direction in which a contact point of the gate, which faces a front surface of the sheet to be conveyed and is located at a position at which a trailing end of the sheet first comes into contact with the gate, and a front surface of the sheet to be conveyed face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Tetsuo Shiba
  • Patent number: 11912013
    Abstract: Ink-based digital printing systems useful for ink printing include a rotatable charge-retentive reimageable surface layer configured to receive a layer of fountain solution. The fountain solution is carried to the charge retentive surface by a fog or mist including fountain solution aerosol particles, dispersed gas particles, and charge directors that impart charge to the fountain solution aerosol particles. The charge-retentive reimageable surface may be charged to a uniform potential, and selectively discharged using an ROS according to image data to form an electrostatic latent image. The charged fountain solution adheres to portions of the charge-retentive reimageable surface according to the electrostatic latent image to form a fountain solution image thereon. The fountain solution image can be partially transferred to an imaging blanket, where the fountain solution image is inked. The resulting ink image may be transferred to a print substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn F. Murphy, Thomas Wunderer, Anne Plochowietz, David K. Biegelsen, Joerg Martini, David Mathew Johnson, Palghat S. Ramesh
  • Patent number: 11913896
    Abstract: A humidity sensor is provided with a first electrode electrically connected to a first terminal, and a moisture-sensitive member. The first electrode may include a first internal electrode unit. The first internal electrode unit may include a first main surface covered with the moisture-sensitive member, and a second main surface covered with the moisture-sensitive member. The humidity sensor may further include a second electrode electrically connected to the second terminal. The second electrode may include a second internal electrode unit. The second internal electrode unit may include a third main surface covered with the moisture-sensitive member, and a fourth main surface covered with the moisture-sensitive member. The first internal electrode unit may include a portion facing at least a part of the second internal electrode unit across the moisture-sensitive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shiraki
  • Patent number: 11913892
    Abstract: A condensation detection element comprises a condensation detection unit, the condensation detection unit being formed on a first substrate unit, and a peripheral circuit unit, the peripheral circuit unit being formed on a second substrate unit. The condensation detection unit comprises a thin wire electrode of a first metal and a thin wire electrode of a second metal. The condensation detection unit is configured to detect the presence or absence of water droplet that comes into contact with the thin wire electrode of the first metal and the thin wire electrode of the second metal by a current flowing between the thin wire electrode of the first metal and the thin wire electrode of the second metal. The first substrate unit has a higher thermal conductivity and a lower heat capacity than the second substrate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Jin Kawakita
  • Patent number: 11906385
    Abstract: A photonic device includes a semiconductor substrate and a pressure-sensitive membrane. The pressure-sensitive membrane is arranged in or on the substrate. A photonic structure is at least partly coupled to the membrane and arranged to change an optical property depending on a deformation to be induced by a pressure applied to the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Jens Hofrichter
  • Patent number: 11899005
    Abstract: A divisible device and a method for sand production and sand control experiment for natural gas hydrate exploitation. The experimental device includes a reactor system, a feeding system, a separation and measurement system, a water-bath jacket system, a support and safety system, and a software recording and analyzing system. In the reactor system, the reactor units can be combined in different ways depending on the experimental conditions and purposes. The reactor units include: left/right reactor units, secondary reactor units, central reactor units, and caps. The combination of a left/right reactor unit with a cap gives a hydrate formation reactor without sand control screens. Combining the left/right reactor unit, secondary left/right reactor units and central reactor units with other accessories allows the reactor system to carry out the simulation experiments with either zero, one, or two view zones, and with either one or two wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Xiaosen Li, Yi Wang, Zhaoyang Chen, Zhiming Xia, Gang Li, Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11899006
    Abstract: A method of indicating a characteristic of a soil sample of a field includes measuring a co-factor in the soil sample and using the co-factor to place the soil sample in a soil sample group. The characteristic of the soil sample is measured and then is scaled based on the soil sample group. The scaled measure is displayed to better represent the characteristic of the soil sample relative to soil samples of the sample group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Trace Genomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Mooshammer, Sheng-Yang Matthew Goh, David C. Stone, Tyler Barnum, Patrick L. Dumstorff, Ronald O. Zink, Poornima Paramesara
  • Patent number: 11885668
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for a furniture for detecting an activity of a user of the furniture comprises a light transmitter and a light receiver forming beginning and end of an optical light path connecting the light transmitter and the light receiver. The light receiver is configured to output a reception signal based on a received amount of light. The sensor assembly further comprises an evaluation circuit which is configured to generate a movement signal based on the reception signal or a signal derived from the reception signal, and an oscillating body which is movably mounted in such a way that a movement of the oscillating body results in a change in a property of the light path. The sensor assembly is arranged such that the activity of the user causes the oscillating body to oscillate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Lukas
  • Patent number: 11885765
    Abstract: A sensor element includes: an inner protective layer having a porosity of 30% to 65% on two main surfaces; an intermediate protective layer having a porosity of 25% to 80%, which is equal to or smaller than the porosity of the inner layer; and an outer protective layer surrounding an element base on an outermost periphery on the one end portion of the element, and having a porosity of 15% to 30%, which is smaller than the porosity of the intermediate layer, wherein these layers are laminated in this order at least in a range in which the at least one inner chamber is provided in the element base, the outer is in contact with the inner layer in a range in which the at least one inner chamber is not provided, and a difference of porosity between the inner layer and the outer layer is 10% to 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Watanabe, Mika Kai, Ryo Onishi, Saki Suzuki, Takashi Hino
  • Patent number: 11885735
    Abstract: The present is directed to systems for ex vivo testing performance of a hemostatic or sealing product attached to an animal organ and fully covering a cored channel in said organ, comprising: a pressure sensor positioned proximate to said hemostatic or sealing product in said cored channel; a monitoring or recording device configured to receive pressure readings from said pressure sensor; and a pressurized fluid source connected to said cored channel and configured to supply said pressurized fluid into said cored channel under constant or variable pressure. The present invention is also directed to methods of use for such systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John Matonick, Kevin Hengst, Matthew Pfefferkorn, Robert J. Tannhauser, Leo B. Kriksunov
  • Patent number: 11885657
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for determining and/or monitoring at least one process variable of a medium including at least one sensor element and a unit at least partially including a material with anisotropic thermal conductivity. According to the present disclosure the unit is frictionally connected to the sensor element, and in particular the unit is frictionally fastened on a surface of the sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Wetzer GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventor: Harald Bründl
  • Patent number: 11879793
    Abstract: A vibration sensor according to an embodiment includes a laminated body. The laminated body includes a support layer a first end of which is fixed; a piezoelectric layer on the support layer; an insulating layer disposed between the support layer and the piezoelectric layer; a common electrode disposed on a first principal surface of the piezoelectric layer; a first sensing electrode disposed in a first area on a second principal surface of the piezoelectric layer on the side opposite to the first principal surface; and a drive electrode disposed in a second area different from the first area on the second principal surface of the piezoelectric layer. The first area is located near the first end of the support layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yongfang Li