Patents Examined by Thomas Valone
  • Patent number: 9736922
    Abstract: The deviation of an electron beam is measured in a drift tube of a linear accelerator, the wave to be decoupled having a frequency range that corresponds to a multiple of the basic frequency of the acceleration field. Coupling probes, a mixer-based receiving concept with high dynamics and sensitivity, a method for evaluating the measuring signals and a calibration method for calibrating out non-linearities are specified. Disruptive influences through the acceleration field are minimized by the measurement method according to the invention and the frequency range to be evaluated. The high evaluated frequencies also offer geometrically small coupling probes which one can introduce into a drift tube in which only the field of the electron beam to be evaluated exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ASTYX GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Trummer
  • Patent number: 9724011
    Abstract: An imaging and recordation system is provided. The system includes a high-power, focusing antenna for illuminating biological tissue. The system further includes a power source for powering the antenna. The system further includes a data acquisition module, for recording the dielectric properties of tissues illuminated by the high-power, focusing antenna. The system illuminates the tissues using ultrashort electrical pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Karl H. Schoenbach, Shu Xiao
  • Patent number: 9720021
    Abstract: A method and apparatus use a programmable logic circuit to receive data representing environmental conditions such as irradiance, temperature, wind, snow, elevation, and the like, in a given location, to provide an input signal to a simulated variable power source which produces an output that approximates the output of a variable power source such as a photovoltaic panel that is subject to such environmental conditions. Power from the simulated variable power source is separately directed to each of a number of power converters and the efficiency of each power converter is tested to determine the optimum power converter for use with the variable power source in the given location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel E. Waugh, Christopher D. Wright
  • Patent number: 9720043
    Abstract: A method of testing a fuse in apparatus for monitoring electrical insulation surrounding first and second electrical conductors in a cable, the fuse being connected to the conductors, comprises: applying an electrical signal, with respect to a reference, to the fuse from a source; obtaining a value for the resistance of the insulation with respect to the reference; determining if the resistance value is greater than a fuse test resistance threshold and, if it is, causing the application of the signal to cease; and monitoring the decay of the signal to determine if the time for it to decay below a set value exceeds a set time limit, indicative of the fuse being satisfactory, or is less than the limit indicative of the fuse being blown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas UK Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Adam Boxshall, Julian Jefferis
  • Patent number: 9706941
    Abstract: A problem related to a known eyewear-type electro-oculogram measuring apparatus which detects the eye potential using a pair of electrodes positioned outside both the eyes of a user and a pair of electrodes respectively positioned above and below one eye is that the two pairs of electrodes have had an impact on the skins of users, and discomfort on them. Besides, the electrodes are not excellent in design. The present invention provides eyewear including: a frame; a pair of nose pads; and a first electrode and a second electrode respectively provided on the surface of the pair of nose pads, the first electrode and the second electrode detecting eye potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: JIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kanoh, Ryuta Kawashima, Hitoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9709692
    Abstract: A logging tool for performing resistivity measurements on the sidewall of a borehole in an earth formation is provided with a circumferential series of evenly-spaced measurement electrodes providing complete circumferential coverage of resistivity measurements. In one embodiment, the measurement electrodes are carried on a conductive pad circumferentially surrounding an elongate mandrel or tubular. The conductive pad is held at a voltage adapted to focus measurement current into the sidewall of the borehole. Preferably, the pad has dimensions relative to the measurement electrodes and a standoff distance between the measurement electrodes and said borehole wall to effectively focus the measurement current into the borehole wall. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the measurement electrodes are spaced apart by a distance that is less than the width of each measurement electrode, thereby ensuring full circumferential resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory B. Itskovich, Alexandre N. Bespalov, Farhat A. Shaikh, Peter John Nolan
  • Patent number: 9696365
    Abstract: An electric leak detector (108) for a vehicle includes a coupling capacitor (210) that has a terminal (A) connected to an on-vehicle high voltage device (110) and a terminal (B) connected to a repetitive signal output circuit (212). The coupling capacitor (210) repeatedly performs a charge operation and a discharge operation in response to a repetitive signal (PLS). Determination thresholds are calculated based on a voltage applied to the terminal (A) of the coupling capacitor (210) and an atmospheric temperature. A detected charge period and a detected discharge period are compared with the determination thresholds, to thereby determine a leakage state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Yasukawa, Nobuya Toyooka
  • Patent number: 9678145
    Abstract: A system for testing a magnetic sensor according to one embodiment includes a discharge circuit to cause a discharge event on a magnetic sensor; a bias generation circuit to apply at least one first bias current to the sensor and at least one second bias current to the sensor, the second bias current being different than the first bias current; a resistance determination circuit to determine a resistance of the magnetic sensor at each of the applied bias currents; and a damage determination circuit to determine whether the magnetic sensor is damaged and/or was fixed by a discharge event based on the resistances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Icko E. T. Iben
  • Patent number: 9678149
    Abstract: A probe core includes a frame, a wire guide connected to the frame, a probe tile, and a plurality of probe wires supported by the wire guide and probe tile. Each probe wire includes an end configured to probe a device, such as a semiconductor wafer. Each probe wire includes a signal transmitting portion and a guard portion. The probe core further includes a lock mechanism supported by the frame. The lock mechanism is configured to allow the probe core to be connected and disconnected to another test equipment or component, such as a circuit board. As one example, the probe core is configured to connect and disconnect from the test equipment or component in a rotatable lock and unlock operation or twist lock/unlock operation, where the frame is rotated relative to remainder of the core to lock/unlock the probe core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Celadon Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan J. Root, William A. Funk
  • Patent number: 9671450
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to an array substrate, a display panel and a method for detecting the array substrate. The array substrate comprises a plurality of pixels arranged in an array. Each of the pixels comprises a plurality of sub-pixels arranged in sequence. Each of the sub-pixels is arranged opposite to a capacitor at an interval. Each sub-pixel comprises a sub-pixel electrode. At least one sub-pixel electrode comprises an extension portion. At least one extension portion of the sub-pixel electrode of the sub-pixel is arranged corresponding to the space between the adjacent sub-pixel and the capacitor corresponding to the adjacent sub-pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Cheng-Hung Chen, Zui Wang
  • Patent number: 9658284
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a method for forming a test pad between adjacent transistors regions, comprising forming a plurality of transistor regions in an array on a glass substrate, wherein each of the transistor region comprises a first transistor region and a second transistor region arranged oppositely; and forming a plurality of test pads between the first transistor region and the second transistor region. The disclosure is further related to a method for array test on the adjacent transistor regions using the test pad formed by the above method. A common test pad formed between the adjacent transistor regions of each transistor region group is employed by the disclosure to perform array test on the adjacent transistor regions. Thus the size of the adjacent fringe region of each transistor region may be reduced to facilitate achieving narrow frame of a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yutong Hu, Peng Du
  • Patent number: 9660576
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods, systems, and devices for predicting production of a photovoltaic (PV) system. A method may include establishing a reference performance model for a reference PV system at a reference site. Further, the method may include establishing a performance factor for an installed PV system based on configuration parameters of the installed PV system, measurements of the installed PV system, weather data at an installation site of the installed PV system and a comparison of the measurements of the installed PV system to the reference performance model. The method may also include predicting production of the installed PV system based on the performance factor, cumulative weather data and a time dependent performance ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Roger L. Jungerman
  • Patent number: 9651511
    Abstract: A conductivity sensor is described in which electrodes are held in a desired position within a housing of the sensor by a number of slots accurately positioned within the housing. In one embodiment the slots are integrally formed within the housing. Once the electrodes have been inserted into the slots a thermoset resin is poured into the housing and cured. A through bore is then drilled through the housing, the electrodes and the cured resin to form a flow conduit through the sensor. A dual frequency excitation technique is also described that allows a measurement to be obtained of a polarization resistance of the electrodes. In one embodiment this measurement is stored and used to correct subsequent conductivity measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Limited
    Inventors: Colin Howell, David Albone, David Edward Coe
  • Patent number: 9651581
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to high current sensors having generally flat conductors. In an embodiment, the conductor is formed of a non-magnetic material such as copper or aluminum and has a coarse slot, one that reduces the cross-sectional area for current flow by a factor of about two. The slot also functions as an aperture in which the sensor package can mounted, thereby protected from environmental influences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Udo Ausserlechner
  • Patent number: 9644236
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for sequencing protein samples are provided. In some examples, currents generated when a monomer passes through between electrodes of a nanogap electrode pair are measured for each of several different distances, so that monomers are identified when compared to a reference physical quantity of a known monomer, which may be obtained from a current measured with a similar inter-electrode distance(s) at which each of plural kinds of monomers are identifiable and ordered with predetermined accuracy and based on a detected physical quantity obtained from a tunneling current, which may be further normalized by the use of one or more reference substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Tomoji Kawai, Masateru Taniguchi, Takahito Ohshiro, Mark Oldham, Eric Nordman
  • Patent number: 9645192
    Abstract: A ground fault interrupter circuit and a method for operating a ground fault interrupter that includes configuring the ground fault interrupter to perform a plurality of self tests. The ground fault interrupter may be configured to perform a ground fault self test, a grounded-neutral self test, and a trip circuit self test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Riley D. Beck, Kent D. Layton, Scott R. Grange
  • Patent number: 9636038
    Abstract: An electrical impedance measuring apparatus includes: a plurality of electrodes adhered to a periphery of a chest; a potential measurer configured to perform a process of applying a current to any ones of the electrodes, and measuring potentials by means of other electrodes; an impedance acquirer, based on the applied current and the potentials measured by the potential measurer, configured to obtain an impedance of each of meshes, a chest section divided into the meshes; a histogram producer configured to set, in the chest section, at least one ROI including from a ventral side to a dorsal side, and configured to obtain a histogram of an impedance distribution in the ROI; and a producer configured to produce a color impedance distribution map in which amplitudes of the histogram are replaced with corresponding colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Yukio Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9641146
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed related to radio frequency (RF) power detection. One such apparatus includes a directional coupler, an RF switch, and an RF power detector. The RF switch can selectively change coupling between the directional coupler and the RF power detector. This can enable accurate power detection based on a ratio of power levels, without factory calibration or laser trimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Eamon Nash, Dale Wilson, Carlos Calvo
  • Patent number: 9632052
    Abstract: A sensor module includes a sensor element with a transducer for emitting an electric analog primary signal, which depends on a measured value; and a circuit assembly for conditioning the primary signal and for unidirectional data communication of a digital signal, which depends on the primary signal, to a superordinated unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Mieth, Sven-Matthias Scheibe
  • Patent number: 9630473
    Abstract: A motor driving device and method for a vehicle are provided to adjust and diagnose an air-conditioning motor by sensing an output signal and a current of a feedback sensor. The motor driving device includes a feedback sensor that configured to output a feedback voltage by detecting a rotation angle of a motor. In addition, a controller is configured to generate a substantially constant current that corresponds to an operation state of the motor and determine a driving state of the motor by combining the constant current with the feedback voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Kim, June Kyu Park, Soon Myung Kwon