Patents Examined by Stefano Karmis
  • Patent number: 8825399
    Abstract: It is presumed and commonly accepted by those skilled in the art of satellite navigation and Kalman filter design that the filter must be provided with the tracker position and velocity a priori in order to determine target position and velocity. Indeed, it is generally asserted that without a priori knowledge (known or measured values) of the tracker position and velocity, line of sight measurements between satellites do not contain adequate information to infer target states. Passive and autonomous navigation of space vehicles without a priori values for the position and velocity of either the target or tracker vehicle is achieved by reconfiguring the extended Kalman filter, or more generally any predictor/correction class filter, to include states for both the target and tracker vehicles. The target and tracker vehicles must both follow trajectories in an inertial frame of reference through the gravitational field of a gravitational body having a known gravitational model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Leonard D. Vance
  • Patent number: 8825200
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for enabling manual sorting items to one of several designated areas associated with delivery destinations. The system includes a conveyor for transporting a stream of items. A video camera is positioned to capture an image of an observation zone to read destination data on the item as it is transported on the conveyor and the location of the item as it continues on the conveyor. A control computer is used in which destination data is stored associating the destination data for an item with a location of the item on the conveyor, and operable to track the location of the item by video tracking with the same camera as the item moves out of an observation zone into an unloading zone. A video projector projects an image onto the item on the conveyor in the unloading zone that includes human-readable instructions for disposition of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Dale E. Redford
  • Patent number: 8813969
    Abstract: The invention concerns a spiral module (1) for a trommel screen comprising a flat part (5) that transports ore and that is designed as a product that becomes worn, with an elastic cladding (27) that functions as wear lining, intended to interact with the charge for the transport of the charge forwards on a sieving deck (2) that is a component of the sieving drum, mounting fixtures (9, 9?) intended for coupling with hole openings (3) in the sieving deck and supporting the part that transports ore directed in towards the central axis of the sieving drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Metso Minerals (Wear Protection) AB
    Inventor: Lars Furtenbach
  • Patent number: 8816236
    Abstract: A holder for flat objects according the invention includes an endless belt made of a flexible sheet material, wherein an end portion of the belt is folded into itself forming an inner bend and an outer bend with the inner bend disposed inside of the outer bend. A set of first and second support rods are disposed side by side in parallel to each other, the first rod at the bottom of the inner bend and the second rod at the bottom of the outer bend. A pair of third and fourth rods extend through parallel endwise openings in the belt between the inner and outer bends, which third and fourth rods are disposed side by side in parallel to each other with the belt is wound over the third and fourth rods so that the belt can slide over the third and fourth rods, whereby movement of the first rod away from the second rod causes sliding movement of the belt over the third and fourth rods. In a preferred embodiment an inside surface of the belt is attached to one or both of the first and second rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Pippin
  • Patent number: 8813933
    Abstract: A composite, i.e., two element, two material clutch hub includes an inner sleeve of a heavy, high strength material to and about which is cast an outer element of a lighter, lower strength material. The sleeve typically includes a splined opening that is received on one or two complementarily splined shafts and a plurality of radially oriented pins or lugs or a discontinuous flange about which the outer element is cast. The outer element is splined to the friction plate of a clutch or other component. The high strength material is preferably, though not necessarily, steel and the lighter material is preferably, though not necessarily, an aluminum alloy. Alternatively, the sleeve may be a high strength aluminum alloy such as a metal matrix composite (MMC) and the outer element may be a lower strength, different aluminum alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Caleb G. Harmon, Scott William Heitzenrater
  • Patent number: 8818577
    Abstract: A device includes means for generating and applying to an aircraft protecting orders avoiding a flight with an excessive descent rate. More specifically, the device includes components configured to perform a series of operations including measuring the current vertical speed and the current height of the aircraft and comparing these flight parameters with a safety envelope defining couples of vertical speed and height that are indicative of an excessive descent rate. If the current vertical speed and height are located in the safety envelope, a protection is triggered by generating protecting orders to remove the aircraft from the safety envelope and applying those protecting orders to control surfaces of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Pascale Louise, Emmanuel Cortet, Erwin Grandperret
  • Patent number: 8783682
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording apparatus including: a main body with first and second transporting paths, a transporting roller pair, a recording portion, a reversal roller pair, a re-transporting roller pair, a transporting motor, first and second transmission mechanisms, and a controller. The second transmission mechanism has: a sun gear, an arm, a pendulum gear, and a gear row. The second transmission mechanism is configured to change a posture between a first posture and a second posture. The controller is configured to determine a position of the sheet, determine a size of the sheet, switch the rotation of the transporting motor under certain conditions, and increase the rotation amount of the transporting motor more for the case that the size of the sheet is determined to be not less than a transport distance than for the case that it is determined to be less than the transport distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 8757388
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed generally a biomass conditioning system and methods for conditioning biomass to remove undesirable material for further processing and applications. In some embodiments, the disclosure includes a biomass conditioning system including a conditioning tank, a water input device, a biomass input device, a containment device, a spillway, and a moving separation device. In some embodiments, methods according to the disclosure include pumping water into a conditioning tank, depositing biomass into the conditioning tank, allowing the biomass to soak in the water and separate into a bark portion and a non-bark portion, allowing the bark portion to float to a water line, containing the bark portion to one side of the conditioning tank, moving the bark portion into a bark storage area, separating the non-bark portion into a biomass portion and a debris portion, and moving the conditioned biomass portion into a storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: James R. Leist
  • Patent number: 8761924
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interactive fuel dispenser system having a plurality of fuel dispensers operating in conjunction with a local server. Each dispenser generally has two fueling positions, each with a graphical user interface through which a customer interacts. In contrast with efforts to turn fuel dispensers into super computers, applicants' provide a dispenser architecture that need only be sufficient to establish interactivity with a server to create multimedia applications and carry out POS functions with a browser interface. Each fueling position acts as a client of a local server at the fuel station store. In the preferred embodiment, each fueling position client also may access remote servers connected to the same network in which the fueling position clients and the local server are connected. Preferably, this network is connected to the Worldwide Web of the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Gilbarco, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel D. Leatherman, William C. Royal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8757387
    Abstract: A classification device for classifying particles by size including an upper impeller-type rotor, a first end of which is covered with a cover disc without penetration hole and a second end of which is covered with an upper cover disc with a penetration hole; and a lower impeller-type rotor, a first end of which is covered with a cover disc without penetration hole and a second end of which is covered with a lower cover disc with a penetration hole. The upper impeller-type rotor and the lower impeller-type rotor are provided so that axes thereof are coincident and the first ends face with each other forming a gap therebetween in an axial direction, and the diameters of the penetration holes of the upper cover disc and the lower cover disc are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Nobuyasu Makino, Masakazu Yashiro, Kazuo Kuratani
  • Patent number: 8752711
    Abstract: This invention concerns a system for sorting elongated random width wood boards and preparing board rows having a row width within a predetermined width range. The system comprises a main longitudinal surface, a conveyor for conveying the boards on the main surface, a width detector, and accumulating compartments located one after the other under the main surface, controllable traps located on the main surface providing access to the accumulating compartments, controllable gates for retaining or releasing the boards accumulated therein and a controller. The controller selectively distributes each of the boards into the accumulating compartments, and controls the gates of the accumulating compartments to release the boards accumulated therein when the sum of the widths of the boards accumulated is within the predetermined width range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Léo Campbell
  • Patent number: 8755731
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder includes a feeding path and a plurality of feed roller sets. Through the feeding path, an original document is fed in one direction from a paper supply port to a paper discharge port. The plurality of the feed roller sets are arranged along the feeding path to be spaced apart from each other. When one side of an original document is scanned and when both sides of an original document are scanned, the plurality of the feed roller sets nip the original document to feed the original document along the feeding path. In this case, the plurality of the feed roller sets are all involved in feeding the original document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuaki Yasui, Satoshi Washida, Osamu Otsuki
  • Patent number: 8746676
    Abstract: Provided are a sheet feeding device with improved separating/feeding performance. The sheet feeding device includes a sheet storage portion, a pickup roller which feeds the sheet, a driving motor which rotates the pickup roller, a feed roller and a separating roller which separate and feed the sheet, and a drive transmission mechanism which when the pickup roller abuts on the surface of the sheet accommodated in the sheet storage portion to feed the sheet, allows the pickup roller to perform intermittent rotation that alternately perform rotation and stop twice or more while one sheet is fed. The drive transmission mechanism is connected to the driving motor and includes an input gear having a plurality of protrusions and a regulating portion which is engaged with the protrusions of the input gear to regulate the rotation of the input gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sho Ota
  • Patent number: 8746686
    Abstract: When a first elapse time ?t3 from time point t1 of stop of a transport motor reaches a first specified time S1, a registration roller electromagnetic clutch is engaged. At time point t2 at which the first elapse time ?t3 reaches 50 ms, normal rotation of the transport motor is started. At time point t3 at which a second elapse time ?t4 from the time point t2 reaches a second specified time S2 (a given length of time), a reverse roller electromagnetic clutch is switched from an engaged state to a disengaged state, rendering reverse rollers and sheet discharge rollers freely rotatable. At subsequent time point t4, a coil of a solenoid is de-energized, to separate the reverse rollers from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Tamehira, Yasumasa Morimoto, Kenji Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8746677
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device for moving print media in a printer includes: a rotatable shaft extending lengthwise along an axis of rotation and a hub. The hub is operatively and pivotally connected to the shaft at a connection such that the hub rotates with the shaft about the axis of rotation and so that the hub may tilt on the shaft relative to the axis of rotation. The device also includes a pick tire or other feature on the hub on each side of the connection to move print media when the shaft rotates the hub. In another embodiment, a method for moving print media in a printer includes: applying a force to a sheet of print media at two locations spaced apart across the sheet; and, simultaneously with the act of applying, equalizing the force applied at the two locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Juan D Ramos, Kieran B Kelly, Keith Jariabka
  • Patent number: 8746457
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a device for axial separation by the inner surface of a permanent magnetic arched groove, comprising: adsorbing materials to be selected that axially flow through the inner surface field strength and the gradient area of a rotating separation drum (2) by using the energy on the inner surface of a permanent magnetic arched groove (1); wherein materials with lower specific susceptibility pass through a selected material channel (13) and flow out of a low magnetic material outlet (9); materials with higher specific susceptibility are adsorbed on the rotating separation drum (2) and fall into a high magnetic material groove (7) under the action of its gravity; and materials with higher specific susceptibility flow through a high magnetic material outlet (8) and then are collected; thereby various materials with different specific susceptibilities can be separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hubei Shengrong Environmental Protection Energy—Saving Science and Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaonian Zhang, Jiazhen Li
  • Patent number: 8712584
    Abstract: A system and method for electronic assistance in dispensing pharmaceuticals, utilizing software, hardware and barcode technology to yield error free, clinically correct, adjudicated prescriptions. The system is adaptive to the preferences of an authorized user, by being configurable on the basis of when and what type of warnings are given in particular circumstances, based on entries in a field, and whether the order can proceed. Additionally, the invention allows for automated and electronically assisted refilling of orders. The invention allows for tracking and monitoring of prescription orders through barcode labeling and scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Omnicare, Inc.
    Inventor: John P DiMaggio
  • Patent number: 8700209
    Abstract: A system and method for electronic assistance in dispensing pharmaceuticals, utilizing software, hardware and barcode technology to yield error free, clinically correct, adjudicated prescriptions. The system is adaptive to the preferences of an authorized user, by being configurable on the basis of when and what type of warnings are given in particular circumstances, based on entries in a field, and whether the order can proceed. Additionally, the invention allows for automated and electronically assisted refilling of orders. The invention allows for tracking and monitoring of prescription orders through barcode labeling and scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Omnicare, Inc.
    Inventor: John P DiMaggio
  • Patent number: 8698032
    Abstract: An ID barcode printing section 13 prints IDs for identifying arrived mails. An address recognition section 21 recognizes address information for the primary sorting and the secondary sorting from the address images photographed by an image input section 14 for saving in an ID database 25. Based on the recognized primary sorting address information, the sorting control section 15 sorts the mails in a sorting box 16, 17 that corresponds to a secondary sorting post office 30. Upon filling up the sorting boxes 16, 17, the mails therein are transferred to a transportation medium. An ID writing section 18 writes secondary sorting address information of the mails in the transportation medium that is read from an ID database 25 for recording on the transportation medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Naoyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8672140
    Abstract: A method of sorting a plurality of articles (A, B, C), in which each article goes through a sorting installation in at least two passes, comprises the steps of recording the image of each article that is generated during the first sorting pass in a memory and in correspondence with a data item indicating a sorting outlet to which the article is directed during the first sorting pass. If an article is misrouted, a correctly routed reference article is chosen in the vicinity of the misrouted article in the sequence of articles obtained during the last sorting pass, the memory is searched (22-28) for an image of said correctly routed reference article, and, on the basis of said reference article image, a set of article images grouped together in the memory and that includes the image of the reference article is looked through (29-34) to identify an image of the misrouted article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Christophe Caillon, Herve Lagrange