Patents Examined by Shogo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11372010
    Abstract: An analysis system 1 includes analysis apparatuses 2A to 2E which are dispersively installed in a plurality of installation places and are connected through a network 3 so as to be communicable with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinari Oda
  • Patent number: 11365886
    Abstract: A chemical plant may include one or more fired heaters for heating of process streams. A fired heater may include a direct-fired heat exchanger that uses the hot gases of combustion to raise the temperature of a process fluid feed flowing through tubes positioned within the heater. Fired heaters may deliver feed at a predetermined temperature to the next stage of the reaction process or perform reactions such as thermal cracking. Systems and methods are disclosed to optimize the performance of fired heaters or reduce energy consumption of fired heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Theodore Peter Faiella, Raul A. Ohaco, Colin J. Deller
  • Patent number: 11360109
    Abstract: A biological analysis system comprises at least two biological analysis devices connected to one another by a conveyor defining a closed circuit, each biological analysis device comprising at least one inlet and one outlet for racks of tubes, and at least one exchange region for exchanging racks of tubes with the conveyor, which exchange region is distinct from the inlet and from the outlet. The inlet of at least two biological analysis devices each form an inlet of the biological analysis system for racks of tubes, and the outlet of at least two biological analysis devices each form an outlet of the biological analysis system for racks of tubes. The biological analysis system further comprises a controller designed to command the transfer of a rack of tubes received in the biological analysis system via the conveyor to another biological analysis device according to the operations to be performed on the tubes in that rack and/or according to a respective workload status of the biological analysis devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: HORIBA ABX SAS
    Inventors: Florent Beauducel, Philippe Benezeth, Thibault Cres
  • Patent number: 11347203
    Abstract: Obtaining control conditions through trial and error is inefficient. Provided is a learning processor including a control condition acquiring section that acquires control condition data indicating a control condition of a film deposition apparatus; a film characteristic acquiring section that acquires film characteristic data indicating a characteristic of a film deposited by the film deposition apparatus that has been caused to operate according to the control condition indicated by the control condition data; and a learning processing section that performs learning processing of a model that outputs recommended control condition data indicating the control condition of the film deposition apparatus that is recommended in response to input of target film characteristic data indicating a target film characteristic, using learning data that includes the acquired control condition data and film characteristic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromi Fujita, Yoshihiko Shibata
  • Patent number: 11327087
    Abstract: The invention herein relates to conducting assays with an apparatus including a substantially transparent assay cartridge loaded with magnetic beads, and a magnets positioned in a platform above and below the assay cartridge. The assay cartridge includes magnetic beads, sample and control solutions in some wells, and assay reagents in others. A microcomputer controls a linear actuator which moves the magnet platform causing the magnetic beads to travel from one well to another and to oscillate within a well. At assay completion, the cartridge will generate a signal representing a test result, which is then sent to a server through a wireless transmission system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BREVITEST TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Leo Linbeck, III, Javier Trinidad Garza, Jr., Robert Patrick Garr, Dev Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 11325126
    Abstract: A device for preparing a blood sample, including a microfluidic card including: a first chamber for separating and/or extracting proteins to be analyzed that are present in the blood sample; a second chamber used for an operation involving digestion of proteins of different species that are present in the sample, to obtain a second sample containing digested peptides and nondigested proteins; and a third chamber connected to the second chamber to receive the second sample containing the digested peptides and the non-digested proteins, the third chamber being used for an operation involving purification and stabilization of the digested peptides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Patrice Caillat, Anne-Gaelle Bourdat, Virginie Brun, Benoit Gilquin
  • Patent number: 11313870
    Abstract: A method of operating an analytical laboratory is presented. The method comprises the steps of: setting a load limit for each laboratory instrument at maximum instrument capacity; dispatching biological samples to laboratory instrument(s) at a dispatch rate not greater than the instrument load limit; each laboratory instrument sending test order queries to the laboratory middleware upon identifying a biological sample; in response to the test order queries transmitting test orders to the laboratory instruments corresponding to the biological samples; the laboratory middleware monitoring a query rate of the plurality of laboratory instruments in order to determine an effective flow rate corresponding to each laboratory instrument; decreasing the load limit of a first laboratory instrument if its effective flow rate is lower than the dispatch rate; increasing the load limit for the first laboratory instrument if its effective flow rate is greater than or equal to the dispatch rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Furrer, Marco Maetzler
  • Patent number: 11313872
    Abstract: In dispenser-type reagent dispensing, because a reagent is transferred through a piping flow path to a prescribed position and dispensed, some of the reagents may remain in the piping flow path and reagent crystallization may consequently occur in the piping flow path. Thus, crystallization prevention for the entire piping flow path must be taken into consideration. Provided is a dispensing device that comprises a reagent suction pipe for sucking in a reagent from a reagent vessel, a liquid transfer mechanism for transferring the reagent, a nozzle for discharging the reagent, and a reagent discharge pipe that is connected to the reagent container and a port that can be connected to the nozzle. The dispensing device is characterized in that the reagent is dispensed from the nozzle into a reaction vessel and when the reagent is not being dispensed, the nozzle and the port are connected and the reagent is circulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Onuki, Shigeki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 11308121
    Abstract: A method and system for performing operations on cells on an instrument comprises providing a peer to peer network of instruments for performing operations on cells, maintaining a distributed database in at least a plurality of the instruments in the peer to peer network, storing at least one protocol in the database for use by at least one instrument in the peer to peer network for performing operations on cells and storing results from the performance of the operations on cells by the at least one instrument in the distributed database. The results stored in the distributed database is then usable to later authenticate the results from the at least one instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Thrive Bioscience, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Cannon, Thomas Forest Farb
  • Patent number: 11281194
    Abstract: The system utilizes a laboratory data management system (LDMS), a medical data management system (MDMS) and external data sources. The system processes data across multiple laboratories, different input variables (lab assays), specific laboratory tests, specific laboratory testing capabilities and variable outputs. The system measures, documents and manages the immune response by providing the user with actionable laboratory results, triggers and events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ART RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Barry Fernando
  • Patent number: 11275095
    Abstract: A sample pretreatment apparatus includes: a plurality of sample pretreatment sections, each of which executes a sample pretreatment prior to a measurement; and a robotic arm including: an articulated arm member; and a hand attached to the articulated arm member. The plurality of sample pretreatment sections includes a sample dispenser that dispenses a sample in a first sample container into a second sample container. For a first measurement, the robotic arm holds the second sample container with the hand and transports the second sample container to a pretreatment group of the plurality of sample pretreatment sections, the pretreatment group including the sample dispenser. For a second measurement, the robotic arm holds the second sample container with the hand and transports the second sample container to another pretreatment group of the plurality of sample pretreatment sections, the another pretreatment group including the sample dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: SYSMEX CORPORATION, KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshida, Hiroaki Inokuchi, Takehiro Hasegawa, Chikako Murata, Yukio Iwasaki, Satoshi Ouchi
  • Patent number: 11262372
    Abstract: Work, such as status confirmation, in a plurality of automatic analyzers is efficiently performed. In an automated analysis system, a tablet terminal 114 has a terminal information management unit 210 and a terminal display unit 208. A terminal information management unit 210 acquires device information showing the state status of a device from automatic analyzers 101a to 101d, and generates a status confirmation screen showing the device status of the automatic analyzer. A terminal display unit 208 displays the status confirmation screen. The status confirmation screen has a status information screen showing the device status of one automatic analyzer and a device switch button configured to switch the status information screen to a status information screen corresponding to another other automatic analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Shibuya, Toshihide Hanawa, Mikio Kasama
  • Patent number: 11249447
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium are provided that monitors at least one of an input and output stream for at least one of a presence of a material of interest and a concentration of the material of interest; when the material of interest is present and/or has at least a threshold concentration, directs the at least one of an input and output stream to a waste location or path to discard the material of interest; and when the material of interest is either not present or does not have at least a threshold concentration, directs the at least one of an input and output stream to a byproduct location or path to recover the material of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: ADA-ES, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Baldrey
  • Patent number: 11246512
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus includes: a measuring unit to measure a signal value corresponding to a concentration of a specified substance contained in a first sample; an acquiring unit to acquire a reference value pertaining to the specified substance contained in a second sample; a calculation unit to calculate a concentration value of the specified substance contained in the first sample, based on the signal value and the reference value; a determination unit to determine whether a variation in the concentration value of the specified substance contained in the first sample is equal to or less than a threshold value; and an output unit to output, to a display unit, recommendation information representing recommendation for acquiring the reference value when the variation in the concentration value of the specified substance contained in the first sample is equal to or less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventor: Rikiya Shiwaku
  • Patent number: 11241684
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reaction method that includes a reaction process using a pipette tip to allow substances to cause a reaction, the method including: providing a heater for heating the pipette tip in accordance with a preset temperature; attaching the pipette tip to a pipette nozzle and heating the pipette tip by a first preset temperature; when a period of heating by the first preset temperature exceeds a preset period, switching an output of the heater from the first preset temperature to a lower second preset temperature; detecting a distal end position of the pipette tip at or after the switching; and executing the reaction process while controlling the distal end position of the pipette tip with reference to the detected distal end position, in which the temperature of the pipette tip is kept by the second preset temperature at least until operation of the pipette tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Youichi Aoki, Yuuya Shouji, Tetsuya Noda, Atsuo Iwashita
  • Patent number: 11237145
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for monitoring and control of soil conditions. In one example, among others, a method includes obtaining one or more aqueous sample from at least one suction probe within a soil substrate and analyzing the one or more aqueous sample to determine a chemical composition of the soil substrate. Amounts of an additive may be determined to adjust the chemical composition of the soil substrate. In another example, a method includes installing at least one suction probe within a soil substrate; drawing a vacuum to induce hydraulic conduction of at least one aqueous solution from the soil substrate; extracting one or more aqueous sample; and analyzing the one or more aqueous sample to determine a chemical composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: AGQ Technological Corporate S.A.
    Inventor: Estanislao Martinez Martinez
  • Patent number: 11235334
    Abstract: Provided is an automated analysis device with which sufficient reaction process data can be acquired irrespective of the scale of the device, and with which it is possible to ensure freedom of the device configuration. An automated analysis device 100 is provided with: a reaction disk 1 which circumferentially accommodates a plurality of reaction vessels 2; a specimen dispensing mechanism 11 which dispenses a specimen into the reaction vessels 2; a reagent dispensing mechanism 7 which dispenses a reagent into the reaction vessels 2; a measuring unit 4 which measures a reaction process of a mixture of the specimen and the reagent in the reaction vessels 2; and a cleaning mechanism 3 which cleans the reaction vessels 2 after measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Yasui, Akihisa Makino, Masashi Akutsu, Hiroyuki Mishima, Yoshihiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11232468
    Abstract: A method for managing a skin care system. The skin care system includes circuitry to receive skin information from a user. The circuitry determines treatable skin conditions based on the skin information. The skin care system generates severity information and cosmetic formulation compatibility information based on the treatable skin conditions. The skin care system is further able to virtually display user-specific compatible cosmetic formulations based on at least one parameter associated with the severity information and cosmetic formulation compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Fred Orsita, Patricia Brieva, Richard Besen, Florent Valceschini, Donna McCann
  • Patent number: 11230690
    Abstract: A data collection hub and method wherein a controller is configured to receive data from a plurality of sensors sensing conditions related to the performance of operations on cells by at least one instrument. A database stores the data from the plurality of sensors and the controller is configured to compare data from the plurality of sensors for a past operation with the data for a more recent operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Thrive Bioscience, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Cannon, Thomas Forest Farb
  • Patent number: 11231727
    Abstract: A method for continuously producing a product (A1) by way of at least two coupled-together chemical reactions (C1, C2), wherein at least two input substances (E1, E2) are fed to a first chemical reaction (C1), wherein a plurality of intermediate substances (Z1, Z2) are produced from the input substances (E1, E2) by the first chemical reaction (C1), wherein at least one of the intermediate substances (Z2) is fed to a second chemical reaction (C2), wherein the at least one fed intermediate substance (Z2) is further processed by the second chemical reaction (C2), in particular using at least one further substance (W1, W2) in a second chemical reaction (C2) to form a plurality of output substances (A1, A2), that is to say to form the chemical product (A1) and at least one further output substance (A2), wherein the flow rates (Fi) of the fed substances (E1, E2, Z1, W1, W2, A2) that are fed to one of the reactions (C1, C2) are set by a respective actuating element (VE1, VE2, VW1, VW 2, VZ 2, VA1), wherein each of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Covestro Deutschland AG
    Inventors: Bernd Pennemann, Erwin Dieterich, Heinz-Josef Hamacher