Patents Examined by Temilade S Rhodes-Vivour
  • Patent number: 10436730
    Abstract: A system for measuring the state of degradation of cooking oil in a deep fryer is provided. The system includes a loop of piping fluidly connected to a fryer for selectively allowing flow of oil from the fryer and into the loop and for returning to the fryer. A pump urges the flow of cooking oil through the loop of piping and selectively to urge oil to return to the at least one fryer pot. The loop further comprises a return portion that extends from a discharge of the pump toward a suction of the pump. A sensor is disposed in the return portion of the loop and adapted to measure an electrical property that is indicative of total polar materials of said cooking oil. A vent line is provided in the return portion of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Pitco Frialator, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel A. Lambert, Michael T. Fecteau, Jason D. Finnie, Jared C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10436851
    Abstract: An electrical energy storage system includes a battery container, one or more temperature sensors, and a controller. The battery container includes one or more batteries configured to store and discharge electrical energy. The temperature sensors are configured to measure one or more temperatures associated with the battery container. The controller is configured to estimate a rate of heat generation by the one or more batteries based on the measured temperatures, monitor an electric current provided to the one or more batteries, and estimate a resistance of the one or more batteries based on the estimated rate of heat generation and the electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Con Edison Battery Storage, LLC
    Inventor: Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10429452
    Abstract: A rotation detection device includes a rotatable body having a tooth tip and a tooth bottom on planes normal to a rotation axis direction, a magnet forming a magnetic field toward the tooth surfaces of the tooth tip and bottom, a magnetic detection element disposed between the rotatable body and the magnet and other than on the rotation axis of the rotatable body, and detecting the magnetic flux densities in the rotation axis direction of the rotatable body at at least two positions, and a magnetic sensor having a signal processor for calculating the rotation angle of the rotatable body according to difference between the magnetic flux densities in the rotation axis direction detected at two positions and difference between the magnetic flux densities in the direction perpendicular to the rotation axis direction and a radial direction of the rotatable body detected at two positions by the magnetic detection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Melexis Technologies SA
    Inventor: Takumi Yoshiya
  • Patent number: 10422826
    Abstract: The present embodiments are directed to locating electrical faults in an electrical circuit, in particular electrical faults in transmission wires of an electrical circuit. Examples of the present embodiments provide a method and apparatus for opening a switch in the electrical circuit to cause an open circuit or discontinuity at the fault; transmitting a signal to be reflected from the open circuit or discontinuity and receiving the signal reflected from the open circuit or discontinuity to determine the location of the fault. Examples are particularly suitable for high voltage systems, for example over 100V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventor: Peter James Handy
  • Patent number: 10416218
    Abstract: A testing system is described, wherein said testing system is configured to perform a multipaction test on a device under test. Said testing system comprises a signal generation unit being configured to stimulate an input of said device under test, a receiving unit being configured to receive and measure at least one output signal of said device under test in order to obtain data related to a multipaction occurrence. Said signal generation unit and said receiving unit are controlled such that both units are operated simultaneously. Said signal generation unit is configured to generate a testing signal for stimulating said input, said testing signal comprising at least two carriers simultaneously. Further, a method for testing a device under test is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Mahmud Naseef
  • Patent number: 10415998
    Abstract: A method for operating a rotation sensor comprising at least four magnetoresistive sensor elements is described. Each sensor element comprises a packet of a ferromagnetic reference layer and a sensitive ferromagnetic layer and a non-magnetic layer separating the reference layer from the sensitive layer. The layers are designed such that the orientation of the magnetization in the respective layer is possible in the longitudinal direction of the layer. The at least one sensor element is formed in a plane in a spiral form with at least one complete winding and the windings are implemented concentrically. The sensor element is bent into a winding in different segments. Adjacent segments enclose an angle between them and each complete winding comprises a predetermined number of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Dietrich, Oliver Rink
  • Patent number: 10416347
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a locating system, comprising at least one hand-held locating sensor, which is provided for capturing locating data related to objects to be located that are hidden under an examination surface, a position sensor, which is provided for capturing position data, which can be associated with the locating data, and an evaluating unit, which is provided for determining at least two-dimensional map information from the locating data and the position data and providing said at least two-dimensional map information. According to the disclosure, the locating system comprises at least one data source, which is provided for providing data for the purpose of a modification of the at least two-dimensional map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Krapf, Heiko Sgarz, Jan-Michael Brosi, Christian Amann, Ralph Dammertz
  • Patent number: 10409227
    Abstract: A microfabricated sensor includes a sensor cell with a cell body and a window attached to the cell body. A sensor cavity containing sensor fluid material is located in cell body, open to the window. A signal path extends from a signal emitter outside the sensor cell, through the window and sensor cavity, and to a signal detector. The sensor cell may have an asymmetric thermal configuration, conducive to developing a temperature gradient in the sensor cell. One or more heaters are disposed on the sensor cell, possibly in an asymmetric configuration. Power is applied to the heaters, possibly asymmetrically, so as to develop a temperature gradient in the sensor cell with a low temperature region in the sensor cell, sufficient to condense the sensor fluid in the low temperature region, outside of the signal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Roozbeh Parsa, Iouri N Mirgorodski, William French, Nathan Brockie, Ann Gabrys, Terry Dyer
  • Patent number: 10408642
    Abstract: A duty cycle is used in conjunction with a powered oscillator to electronically reduce the current draw by reducing the average tail current and thus reducing the sensor radiated emissions without altering an inductive position sensor. The duty cycle enables an on and an off cycling without altering the hardware but providing the improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Ryan W. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10386206
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for active-mirroring, capacitive monitoring of furniture are provided. More particularly, the invention relates to an active mirroring system for a furniture item that monitors a first sensor type over a first frequency, while applying an inverse first frequency to at least one other sensor type coupled to the same furniture item. As such, the additional sensor types receiving the inverse sampling frequency may be dampened and/or cancelled, thereby preventing interference during monitoring of the first sensor type. In further aspects, a monitoring and mirroring cycle is provided, for sequentially monitoring and mirroring capacitive sensing mechanisms on different portions of a common furniture item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric D. Miller, Braden Berziel, Vino Gopalakrishnan, Jonathan Kaufmann, Douglas E. Conyers
  • Patent number: 10386404
    Abstract: A method for detecting damage of a solder joint of a printed circuit board of an electronic product by using a device for detecting damage of an electronic product according to the present invention includes: generating a digital signal and applying the digital signal to the solder joint of the printed circuit board; measuring a signal transmitted through the solder joint of the printed circuit board; and determining whether the solder joint of the printed circuit board is damaged using the measured signal. Accordingly, the device for detecting damage of an electronic product according to the present invention can nondestructively examine damage of the electronic product by using the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNIST(ULSAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
    Inventors: Daeil Kwon, Jeong Ah Yoon
  • Patent number: 10386319
    Abstract: A system for measuring the state of degradation of cooking oil in a deep fryer is provided. The system includes a loop of piping fluidly connected to a fryer for selectively allowing flow of oil from the fryer and into the loop and for returning to the fryer. A pump urges the flow of cooking oil through the loop of piping and selectively to urge oil to return to the at least one fryer pot. The loop further comprises a return portion that extends from a discharge of the pump toward a suction of the pump. A sensor is disposed in the return portion of the loop and adapted to measure an electrical property that is indicative of total polar materials of said cooking oil. A vent line is provided in the return portion of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Pitco Frialator, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel A. Lambert, Michael T. Fecteau, Jason D. Finnie, Jared C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10359480
    Abstract: Measuring a sample includes providing a magnetic field at the sample using an electromagnetic field resonator. The electromagnetic field resonator includes two or more resonant structures at least partially contained within dielectric material of a substrate, at least a first resonant structure configured to provide the magnetic field at the sample positioned in proximity to the first resonant structure. The sample is characterized by an electron spin resonance frequency. A size of an inner area of the first resonant structure and a number of resonant structures included in the electromagnetic field resonator at least partially determine a range of an operating resonance frequency of the electromagnetic field resonator that includes the electron spin resonance frequency. Measuring the sample also includes receiving an output optical signal from the sample generated based at least in part on a magnetic field generated by the electromagnetic field resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PRESIDENTS AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
    Inventors: Khadijeh Bayat, Marko Loncar
  • Patent number: 10352727
    Abstract: A position forecasting apparatus for forecasting a position at a predetermined time of a continuously operating moving body is provided with an estimation part that finds an estimated position state of the moving body at a time in the past before the predetermined time and a position forecasting part that forecasts the position of the moving body at the predetermined time based on the estimated position state of the moving body estimated by the estimation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichirou Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10352990
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis circuit configured to diagnose an open-circuit failure in a reverse connection protection transistor includes a power supply unit having a switching transistor electrically connected to a power source and the reverse connection protection transistor and is brought into an on state or an off state in response to a control signal, and in which power is supplied from the power source to the reverse connection protection transistor when the switching transistor is in the on state; a power supply control unit that controls power supply to the reverse connection protection transistor and stop of the power supply by outputting the control signal to the switching transistor; and a diagnosis unit that diagnoses an open-circuit failure in the reverse connection protection transistor on the basis of an output state of the control signal and a detection result of voltage between the switching transistor and the reverse connection protection transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Shinichi Miyazaki, Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10335049
    Abstract: Example embodiments associated with NMR fingerprinting are described. One example NMR apparatus includes an NMR logic that repetitively and variably samples a (k, t, E) space associated with an object to acquire a set of NMR signals that are associated with different points in the (k, t, E) space. Sampling is performed with t and/or E varying in a non-constant way. Sampling is performed in response to a fast imaging with steady state free precession (MRF-FISP) pulse sequence having an unbalanced gradient that dephases transverse magnetization. The NMR apparatus may also include a signal logic that produces an NMR signal evolution from the NMR signals, and a characterization logic that characterizes a resonant species in the object as a result of comparing acquired signals to reference signals. The unbalanced gradient in the MRF-FISP pulse sequence reduces sensitivity to B0 in homogeneity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Mark Griswold, Yun Jiang, Dan Ma
  • Patent number: 10326317
    Abstract: A method for foreign object detection for an induction charging device is described, including an oscillator circuit, in particular, for a hand-held power tool, a resonance frequency and an associated actual quality of the oscillator circuit being detected and the actual quality is subsequently compared to a setpoint quality as a function of the resonance frequency and a decision is made about the presence of a foreign object based on a defined setpoint quality range. The method provides that an upper limit and/or a lower limit of the setpoint quality range and the profile of the actual quality are adapted to one another. Also described is an induction charging device including an oscillator circuit and a control and regulating unit for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dragan Krupezevic, Martin Gonda
  • Patent number: 10302462
    Abstract: The various embodiment of the present disclosure provides a system to define and identify an absolute mechanical reference position for a rotating element, The system comprises a radial ring magnet comprising plurality of pole pairs mounted to the rotating element, a first magnetic sensor in proximity of the radial ring magnet to detect angular position of said rotating element, at least one second magnetic sensor in proximity of the radial ring magnet to detect the passage of each of the pole pair and a control module adapted to define said absolute mechanical position by computing a unique first set of feature values for each of said plurality of pole pairs based on responses of said first magnetic sensor and said second magnetic sensor. The first set of feature values is stored in a memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Zoltan Ersek, Arunkumar Motaganahalli Srinivasamurthy, Shadakshara P. Murthy
  • Patent number: 10295591
    Abstract: Circuits and methods for testing wafers are disclosed herein. An embodiment of a method includes electrically contacting a first probe and a second probe to a wafer. A gas is blown in the areas proximate the first probe and the second probe. An electric potential is then applied between the first probe and the second probe while the gas is being blown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Takeki Andoh, Hiroshi Kubota
  • Patent number: 10295586
    Abstract: There is provided mechanisms for detecting a fault of a transmission line (20) in a power system (10) comprising at least one of an extreme weak system (10a) and an extreme strong system (10b). A method comprises obtaining travelling wave polarities from two terminals (21a, 21b) of the transmission line during occurrence of the fault, the travelling wave polarities being defined by two current polarities and two voltage polarities. The method comprises determining the obtained travelling wave polarities to be detectable and the obtained travelling wave polarities to be non-detectable. The method comprises detecting the fault to be internal based on the detectable travelling wave polarities and the non-detectable travelling wave polarities. There is also provided an arrangement configured to perform such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: YouYi Li, Kai Liu, Jianping Wang