Patents Examined by Thomas P. Noland
  • Patent number: 8783102
    Abstract: A protective container for holding a reusable control part of a transcutaneous sensor system for detecting at least one analyte in a bodily fluid is disclosed. The control part includes at least one coupling, which has at least one sensor coupling for connection to at least one transcutaneous sensor. The protective container has at least one container housing. The control part can be held in the container housing. The container housing is adapted to shield the control part from environmental influences. The container housing also has at least one connector which can be connected to the coupling and seals the latter in a media-tight fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Heck, Bernd Roesicke, Gerhard Frisch
  • Patent number: 8783093
    Abstract: A device places a plug and simultaneously checks a correct position alignment of the plug with a holding element for fixing a hollow body. The device has at least one first and one second opening and a plug placement mechanism with which the plug is be inserted into the second opening of the hollow body. The device has a measuring head that is traversed by at least one channel. The channel can be fluidically connected to the first opening of the hollow body. The device can further include a pressure sensor which can be fluidically connected to the channel of the measuring head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Arzneimittel GmbH Apotheker Vetter & Co. Ravensburg
    Inventors: Alexander Glunz, Arno Schroff
  • Patent number: 8776622
    Abstract: Portable devices and related methods for collecting and storing atmospheric samples for subsequent chemical analysis are provided. A sample cartridge according to one implementation includes self-sealing inlet and outlet ports configured to close automatically when not in use, and a sample retention portion between the inlet and outlet ports that is adapted to trap an atmospheric sample. The sample cartridge may also include a memory device for recording data regarding the sample. Another embodiment provides a portable sampler configured to removably secure a self-sealing sample cartridge. A portable sampling device may also be used with an analytical instrument. The analytical instrument may analyze the sample and read the data recorded on the sample cartridge's memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: FLIR Detection, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Briscoe, Brent Rardin, Dennis Barket, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8775129
    Abstract: A robot (1) having a workpiece mass measurement function for measuring the mass of a workpiece that is held, includes a force measurement unit (5) that measures the force that is applied to the tip part (2) of the mechanism part of the robot (1), and a mass estimation unit (11) that estimates the mass of the workpiece that is held by the robot (1), based on information about the force acquired by the force measurement unit (5) while the robot (1) is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Sato
  • Patent number: 8770009
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for providing compensation to a cyclical input signal is disclosed. The arrangement comprises a first detection unit (20) for detecting a first event in a cyclical output signal; a compensation signal generation unit (14) for generating a compensation signal; and a signal combination unit (8) for combining the compensation signal and the cyclical input signal to obtain the cyclical output signal. The compensation signal generation unit (14) is arranged to adjust the compensation signal at an instant which has a determined relationship with the detection of the first event. By adjusting the compensation signal at the right instant in a cycle of the cyclical output signal, the adjustment will not influence the further processing of the cyclical output signal. The method can be used to compensate the offset and sensitivity characteristics of a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Tiek, Paulus Thomas Gennissen
  • Patent number: 8763475
    Abstract: A technique for actively damping internal vibrations in a scanning probe microscope is disclosed. The excitation of various mechanical movements, including resonances, in the mechanical assembly of an SPM can adversely effect its performance, especially for high speed applications. An actuator is used to compensate for the movements. The actuator may operate in only the z direction, or may operate in other directions. The actuator(s) may be located at positions of antinodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Proksch
  • Patent number: 8763440
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a calibration arrangement of an electronic balance during the production process, wherein the calibration arrangement includes a transfer mechanism with a drive system, and wherein the calibration arrangement couples at least one calibration weight to the force-measuring device, said coupling being effected by the transfer mechanism transferring the calibration weight in a guided movement between a rest position and a calibration position. According to the method the distance between the end stops is determined by a counter system and stored into memory. Using the stored travel distance to calculate the rest position and the calibration position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventor: Markus Uster
  • Patent number: 8746089
    Abstract: An apparatus for automated inspection and repair of a tube sheet. The apparatus has a rotating gripper pod, comprising at least one tube gripper, a sliding body portion containing the gripper pod; a housing portion comprising at least one tube gripper and a tool head coupling. The tool head coupling swapably attaches to a eddy current test probe and at least one kind of tube repair tool. Novel, auto-locking tube grippers are also disclosed. A serial bus connects electronic modules within the apparatus and also connects the apparatus to an external controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O'Dell
  • Patent number: 8733185
    Abstract: A multi-filter chemical speciation sampler and a virtual impaction particle separation inlet therefore are provided. The inlet includes a housing having a bottom, a collection tube that extends through the bottom, and collection apertures formed in the bottom, arranged around the collection tube; a first plate disposed on top of the housing, having acceleration nozzles disposed at the perimeter thereof; a second plate disposed in the housing below the first plate, having a central aperture and separation apertures disposed around the central aperture. The sampler includes: an inlet; a virtual impaction separator to further fractionate the PM into a course fraction and a fine fraction; a first separation assembly to divide the course fraction into coarse aliquots, comprising first filters to collect the coarse aliquots; a second separation assembly to divide the fine fraction into fine aliquots, comprising second filters to collect the fine aliquots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Inventor: Paul Alan Solomon
  • Patent number: 8720255
    Abstract: A water uptake measurement system for measuring uptake of a fluid by a sample includes a sample chamber, a suspension component and a supply interface. A suspension aperture is located at a first end of the sample chamber and extends from an outer surface of the sample chamber to an inner surface of the sample chamber. The suspension component passes through the suspension aperture and is configured to support the sample within the internal cavity such that the sample is spaced apart from the inner surface of the sample chamber. The supply interface is configured to deliver the fluid to the internal cavity of the sample chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory DiLeo, Rameshwar Yadav, Kevork Adjemian
  • Patent number: 8723943
    Abstract: An inspection system configured for “no-blow” use in a pressurized gas pipeline includes a push rod wound around a spool for convenient deployment and portability. A camera disposed on one end of the push rod is configured to relay images back to a monitor. A motor is configured for remote actuation by an operator, and provides for self-propelled movement of the camera in the pipeline. An entry tube is configured for sealed entry into the pipeline to facilitate entry of the camera and push rod. A guide shoe at the end of the entry tube provides a smooth transition for the camera and push rod as it leaves the entry tube and enters the pipeline. An automatically deployable and retractable positioning system is used to keep the camera away from an interior surface of the pipeline, and in the case of smaller pipelines, centers the camera within the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: G. Gregory Penza, George Lohr, Hermann Herrlich
  • Patent number: 8713987
    Abstract: A system for simulating wet runway conditions by using a liquid container that is placed inside an aircraft. The liquid container is connected to a nozzle that sprays water in front of the wheels of the aircraft. A valve is used to control the flow of water from the nozzle. Systems, such as the braking system of the aircraft, can then be tested in wet runway conditions simulated by the system. The amount of water sprayed from the nozzle can also be electronically controlled in relation to the speed of the aircraft, such that the nozzle sprays a nearly uniform layer of liquid in front of the wheels. The system can also be modified to include two tanks to manipulate the center of gravity of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Gary E. McKay
  • Patent number: 8707754
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for calibrating a plurality of gas flows in a substrate processing system are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate processing system may include a cluster tool comprising a first process chamber and a second process chamber coupled to a central vacuum transfer chamber; a first flow controller to provide a process gas to the first process chamber; a second flow controller to provide the process gas to the second process chamber; a mass flow verifier to verify a flow rate from each of the first and second flow controllers; a first conduit to selectively couple the first flow controller to the mass flow verifier; and a second conduit to selectively couple the second flow controller to the mass flow verifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Cruse, John W. Lane, Mariusch Gregor, Duc Buckius, Berrin Daran, Corie Lynn Cobb, Ming Xu, Andrew Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8701512
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cell for testing microbeads, used for testing microbeads each formed in a cylindrical shape having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to and substantially parallel to each other and a side surface continuous with the upper and lower surfaces, at least one of the upper surface and the lower surface being provided with an identification pattern, the cell including: a support substrate; and a cover disposed opposite to the support substrate, wherein a space between the support substrate and the cover forms a containing space in which to dispose the microbeads, and the distance between the support substrate and the cover is greater than the thickness of the microbeads and smaller than twice the thickness of the microbeads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naohisa Sakamoto, Noriyuki Kishii, Kazumine Ito
  • Patent number: 8683879
    Abstract: A sample injecting device is provided for reducing carryover. The sample injecting device includes the following mode: a needle is set at a low descending speed when sample is injected into an injection port in a total-volume injection manner by the sample injecting device. When the needle is in contact with the injection port, the needle is set at a low speed, thereby increasing the accuracy of the position of the needle relative to an injection hole and decreasing friction between the needle and the injection hole. Contaminants present in the injection hole are prevented from easily flowing from the injection hole into an analyzing flow path, so as to achieve an excellent low carryover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masami Tomita
  • Patent number: 8661920
    Abstract: A handheld pipetting apparatus for metering liquids, with a handleable pipette housing, at least one accommodation for a fastening portion of a syringe cylinder of a syringe, at least one plunger accommodation in an accommodation body for a plunger fastening portion of a syringe plunger of the syringe, syringe and plunger gripping levers for detachably holding the fastening portion in the accommodation and the plunger fastening portion in the plunger accommodation, at least one displacement device with a displacement chamber and a shiftable chamber wall limiting the same, for displacing a fluid; at least one seat for detachably holding a pipette point, a channel, connecting a hole in the seat with a displacement chamber, and at least one drive device, which is connected to couplable with the accommodation body the and/or the chamber wall, for shifting the accommodation body with respect to the accommodation, the and/or the chamber wall with respect to the displacement chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventors: Peter Molitor, Karl-Friedrich Andres, Steffen Hofmann, Heinz-Gerhard Köhn
  • Patent number: 8661923
    Abstract: The present invention is a sensor interface or network of interfaces that utilizes high-temperature electronics to operate at elevated temperatures for applications that include but are not limited to aircraft and automobile engines, vehicle frames, refineries, nuclear and chemical production plants, and in downhole drilling for petroleum and natural gas. The interface or network provide connectors for a variety of sensors with analog and digital outputs, and can in turn provide data to an automated electronic control system or a monitor. Because the sensor interface may be placed in so-called “hot zones” nearer to the sensors being monitored than other systems that use conventional electronics, the sensor interface can increase noise immunity, increase reliability, decrease cost, reduce weight, and increase space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Willett, Greg Shaw
  • Patent number: 8661872
    Abstract: A testing system tests or calibrates an electronic test subject while rotating the test subject within a thermally controlled chamber. The testing system includes a stationary thermal chamber, a test subject, testing electronics that receive electronic data from the test subject, and a rotating platform inside the thermal chamber to which both the test subject and the testing electronics are mounted. The testing system further includes a platform cover for the rotatable platform that rotates with the rotatable platform, and exposes the test subject to the temperature inside the thermal chamber and insulates the testing electronics from the temperature inside the thermal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Brocker
  • Patent number: 8661873
    Abstract: Ultrasound transducers may be mapped by varying a focus-affecting parameter and adjusting the parameter so as to improve focus quality. In some embodiments, mapping involves successively varying the phase of one transducer element, or group of elements, with respect to a constant phase of the other transducer elements, and determining the phase at which a tissue displacement in the ultrasound focus is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Insightec Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Medan, Yoni Hertzberg, Dov Maor
  • Patent number: 8657584
    Abstract: An apparatus for tuning pump speed at an optimal or desired speed using an automated method is disclosed. The apparatus includes a vacuum pump connected to a chamber for evacuating gas from the chamber. A sensor measures one or more characteristics, such as pressure, of the gas in the chamber. The measured characteristic is compared to a predetermined value. The speed of vacuum pump is adjusted based on the comparison until it falls in a desired range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Edwards Limited
    Inventors: Gerald Robin Shelley, Mark Kollin Romeo, Jeffrey Robert Schwab