Patents Examined by Suman K Nath
  • Patent number: 10935451
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a sensor arrangement includes a pressure transducer configured to be in fluid connection with a volume region having a fluid, where the pressure transducer is configured to output a pressure signal in response to a pressure change in the volume region, the pressure signal comprising a signal curve that depends on the pressure change; a heating element configured to provide a defined temperature change of the fluid situated in the volume region, wherein the defined temperature change of the fluid brings about a corresponding pressure change in the volume region; and a processing device configured to ascertain a current functional parameter of the pressure transducer based on the signal curve of the pressure signal obtained in the volume region due to the defined temperature change provided by the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: David Tumpold
  • Patent number: 10929635
    Abstract: A display device can include a cover substrate; a display module disposed on a rear surface of the cover substrate and configured to display an image; a heat dissipation film disposed on a rear surface of the display module; a hole disposed in the heat dissipation film; a flexible circuit board covering the hole in the heat dissipation film and configured to block light; and a fingerprint scanner mounted on the flexible circuit board, disposed in the hole of the heat dissipation film, and separated from the heat dissipation film by a space, in which the flexible circuit board covers the space between the heat dissipation film and the fingerprint scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Suchan Kwon, ChiKyung Sung, Yonghee Kim
  • Patent number: 10928346
    Abstract: A sensor probe having a first sensing element and a second sensing element. The first sensing element generates current changes in response to changes in a relative amount of a target element present in reference air versus a first exhaust gas chamber of the sensor probe. A second sensing element generates current changes in response to changes in a relative amount of the target element present in the first exhaust gas chamber and either a second exhaust gas chamber of the sensor probe or reference air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Logan, Michael Lewis, Rafal Kaput, Blaise Friery
  • Patent number: 10928371
    Abstract: A hand-held sensor and monitor system for sensing and monitoring atmospheric air quality. The system includes a plurality of sensors and a microcontroller in communication with the plurality of sensors to receive data therefrom. A mobile electronic device is in communication with the microcontroller and is capable of receiving data from the microcontroller. The plurality of sensors and the microcontroller are either integrated within the mobile electronic device or are attachable to and detachable from the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AIR STATIONS LLC/ELEVATED ANALYTICS LLC JOINT VENTURE
    Inventors: Joseph D. Smith, Robert E. Jackson, Zachary P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10914666
    Abstract: A system comprising a parts-per-million (PPM) analyzer configured to analyze a multiphase fluid, the fluid comprising water. The analyzer includes a mesh comprising first adsorbent materials that adsorb specific substances from the multiphase fluid. The system includes a mass meter configured to measure a mass of multiphase fluid passing through the PPM analyzer; a molecular sieve dryer comprising second adsorbent material configured to adsorb the water from the multiphase fluid; and a plurality of valves configured to couple the mass meter and the molecular sieve dryer to the PPM analyzer. During routine operation, the valves direct the multiphase fluid through the PPM analyzer. During a validation operation, the valves divert the multiphase fluid through the molecular sieve dryer prior to entering the PPM analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Phase Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Bentley N. Scott
  • Patent number: 10914586
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a vibration apparatus includes a coupled vibration mechanism which includes a plurality of mass parts and connects the mass parts, a catch and release mechanism which catches a vibrating mass parts to stop vibration and releases a caught mass parts to start vibration and a control circuitry configured to determine whether catching the mass parts by the catch and release mechanism is successful or failed and control the catch and release mechanism for raising possibility for catching the mass parts by the catch and release mechanism, if the catching the mass parts is determined as failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yohei Hatakeyama, Tetsuro Itakura
  • Patent number: 10902986
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sensor includes a deformable film portion, and a first sensing element provided at the film portion. The first sensing element includes a first magnetic layer, a second magnetic layer, and a first intermediate layer provided between the first and second magnetic layers. The first intermediate layer is nonmagnetic. The first magnetic layer includes a first film including Fe and Co, a second film including Fe and Co, a third film, and a fourth film. The third film includes at least one selected from the group consisting of Cu, Au, Ru, Ag, Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh, Re, and Os and is provided between the first and second films. The fourth film includes at least one selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Sc, Ti, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ba, La, Hf, Ta, and W and is provided between the third and second films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kazuaki Okamoto, Yoshihiko Fuji, Shiori Kaji, Yoshihiro Higashi, Tomohiko Nagata, Shotaro Baba, Michiko Hara
  • Patent number: 10900905
    Abstract: A needle-shaped body protrudes from a cantilever made of Si. Furthermore, the rear face of the cantilever is coated with aluminum (first metal) having a Fermi level higher than that of Si. The cantilever is dipped into an aqueous silver nitride solution containing the ions of Ag serving as a second metal. The electrons of Si flow out to the aqueous silver nitride solution due to the existence of the aluminum, and Ag nanostructures are precipitated at the tip end of the needle-shaped body. A probe for tip-enhanced Raman scattering in which the Ag nanostructures are fixed to the tip end of the needle-shaped body is manufactured. The sizes and shapes of the Ag nanostructures can be controlled properly by adjusting the concentration of the aqueous silver nitride solution and the time during which the cantilever is dipped into the aqueous silver nitride solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: HORIBA, LTD., KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masayuki Nishi, Kazuyuki Hirao, Daisuke Teranishi, Hiroki Itasaka, Nobuyuki Naka, Yoshito Okuno, Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Yasushi Nakata
  • Patent number: 10890500
    Abstract: A pressure sensor (100) includes a diaphragm (3); a semiconductor chip (1) that includes a plurality of resistors (R1 to R4) constituting a strain gauge and that has a square shape in plan view; four first structures (2a to 2d) each having one end joined to a region of the second main surface of the diaphragm that is deformed when a pressure is applied to a first main surface (1A) of the diaphragm and having other ends respectively connected to four corners of the semiconductor chip, the first structures extend downward to a second main surface (3B); and a second structure (2e) having one end joined to a center (30) of the diaphragm on the second main surface in plan view and having the other end joined to a center (10) of the semiconductor chip in plan view, the second structure extending downward to the second main surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Seto, Rina Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10888642
    Abstract: The present application relates generally to a suction regulator device and, more specifically, to a method and system for signaling responsive to sensing that the suction regulator device has become contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Sarah Corey
  • Patent number: 10883909
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus comprising: a plurality of first electrodes, each of the first electrodes being spaced apart by at least a first predetermined spacing; a plurality of second electrodes, each of the second electrodes being spaced apart by at least a second predetermined spacing less than the first predetermined spacing; an energisation source arranged to energise at least one of said first electrodes so as to cause an electric field to be established between at least one pair of said first electrodes, and to energise at least one of said second electrodes so as to cause an electric field to be established between at least one pair of said second electrodes; a monitor arranged to monitor an electrical parameter at at least one of said first electrodes in response to said energisation of at least one of said first electrodes and to monitor an electrical parameter at at least one of said second electrodes in response to said energisation of at least one of said second electrodes; and a controller arranged
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Industrial Tomography Systems PLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Primrose, Changhua Qiu, Kent Wei
  • Patent number: 10876927
    Abstract: A method (60, 90) includes executing a wear protocol to derive a start-stop (SS) wear, a steady-state operating hours (OH) wear, or a combination thereof, of a test journal bearing system (10). The method (60, 90) further includes observing operations of an engine (8) via one or more sensors to determine a number of start-stops, steady-state operating hours, or a combination thereof. The method (60, 90) also includes determining a determined journal bearing system wear (114) based on applying a physics-based model (94) of a journal bearing system (10) and the transfer function to the number of start-stops, the steady-state operating hours, or to the combination thereof. The method (60, 90) additionally includes executing one or more actionable items (116) on the engine (8) based on the determined journal bearing system wear (114).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AI ALPINE US BIDCO INC
    Inventors: Souvik Math, Hombe Gowda, Krishnanand Venkatasubramanian
  • Patent number: 10871386
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to the art of sensing articles typically moving on a conveyor. An apparatus is disclosed, for the purpose of securely attaching a sensing device to a sub-structure such as a sidepan metal sheet that contains a hole through which the sensing/detection device passes its sensing beam. A primary novelty of the apparatus is that it enables secure mounting of various ‘through-hole’ devices without the need for attaching any additional bracketry and without creating obstructions to package movement. It is unique in that it utilizes the “through-hole” which is necessary to allow passage of the sensing beam through the side guards of the conveyor, with the below-surface attachment being made possible by means of a tapered, or ‘sloping’ surface that is created when the hole is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Buntain
  • Patent number: 10865725
    Abstract: An object is to reduce the influence of a hydrogen-ascribable difference between the measurement value of an oxygen sensor and the actual value. An exhaust system includes an oxygen sensor configured to measure the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine and including a diffusion rate limiting layer and a controller configured to correct the measurement value of the oxygen sensor in such a way as to increase the measurement value of the oxygen sensor by an amount of correction that is made larger when the responsivity of the oxygen sensor to changes in the air-fuel ratio of the internal combustion engine is high than when it is low in the same operation state of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Go Hayashita
  • Patent number: 10859541
    Abstract: A needle for aspirating a sample from a sample source and injecting the sample into a liquid chromatography system, the needle including a needle body having a rough textured surface finish for at least a portion of the needle body, wherein the rough textured surface finish reduces a coefficient of friction of the needle body, is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Kelley, Peter Osswald, Rose Solow, John M. Auclair
  • Patent number: 10859426
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of inspecting a flow rate measuring system used in a substrate processing system. The flow rate measuring system provides a gas flow path used for calculating a flow rate in a build-up method. A gas output by a flow rate controller of a gas supply unit of the substrate processing system may be supplied to the gas flow path. In the method, apart from a previously obtained initial value of a volume of the gas flow path, a volume of the gas flow path is obtained at the time of inspection of the flow rate measuring system. Then, the obtained volume is compared to the initial value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Jun Hirose, Norihiko Amikura, Risako Miyoshi, Shinobu Onodera
  • Patent number: 10845194
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing an inertial force detection device with which it is possible to diagnose sensor output without hindrance even when a vehicle is traveling. In order to solve this problem, there is provided an inertial force detection device for measuring inertial force according to a displacement amount of an oscillating body, wherein a diagnosis voltage that is synchronous with an output command signal inputted from the outside is applied. Furthermore, the period over which the diagnosis voltage is applied is shorter, by a prescribed period, than a cycle of the output command signal. Furthermore, at least one of the period over which the diagnosis voltage is applied, the diagnosis voltage, a diagnosis threshold value, and a filter characteristic is varied according to the cycle of the output command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVES SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nakamura, Masahide Hayashi, Yasutaka Tsuru, Kazuo Ono
  • Patent number: 10845232
    Abstract: Disclosed are mass flow controllers, apparatuses for manufacturing semiconductor devices, and methods of maintenance thereof. The mass flow controller may control an amount of a gas provided into a chamber. The mass flow controller may be configured to obtain an absolute volume of the gas provided into the chamber at a standard flow rate when the mass flow controller is initially used. The mass flow controller may be configured to obtain a detected flow rate of the gas provided at a measured flow rate after the mass flow controller has been used for a predetermined time. The mass flow controller may be configured to compare the detected flow rate and the standard flow rate to verify a full-scale error in the measured flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Sangkil Lee, Yusin Yang, Sung Yoon Ryu, Q-Han Park, Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10845339
    Abstract: A method and system for determination of geometric features in an object is provided. The method includes receiving at least one geometric feature response to an ultrasound beam incident on the object. The incident ultrasound beam is produced from one of a plurality of ultrasound transducers. Further, a volumetric representation of the object is generated based on a plurality of object parameters. The volumetric representation of the object and a plurality of transducer parameters are used to generate a predicted beam traversal path in the object. The predicted beam traversal path is utilized to generate a temporal map of predicted time of flight geometric feature response to the ultrasound beam. A position on the volumetric representation of the object is determined as the location of the geometric feature, when the received geometric feature response is equivalent to the predicted time of flight geometric feature response corresponding to the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Baskaran Ganesan, Satheesh Jeyaraman, Albrecht Maurer
  • Patent number: 10830736
    Abstract: The disclosure herein relates to a measuring system for determining damage to components including at least one fiber-reinforced plastics material, comprising sensors that can be or are arranged on a component to be mutually spaced, the sensors distributed over a curved surface of the component in the use position. In order provide a measuring system by which it is possible to obtain fiber-reinforced plastics components economically and with reasonable outlay, and by which process parameters and/or state variables can be reliably obtained during production and operation of the component, it is proposed to provide the component with a substrate that is different from the component and on which the sensors can be or are arranged, the substrate being flexible, and for the sensors arranged on the flexible substrate to form a measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Alois Friedberger, Andreas Helwig, Matthias Buderath