Patents Examined by Timothy P Graves
  • Patent number: 10883949
    Abstract: In order to provide a moisture detection element, a gas detection device, and a breath inspection system that are compact and have high response performance, the moisture detection element includes an insulating section made of an insulating material, an application electrode to which an voltage is applied, and a detection electrode that detects a voltage signal corresponding to a current flowing through an electrical path via water molecules adsorbed on the insulating section by the voltage applied to the application electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Wakana, Masuyoshi Yamada, Minoru Sakairi
  • Patent number: 10871120
    Abstract: A control unit, controller and non-transitory machine-readable medium for detecting a closing time of an injector valve are disclosed. The control unit is configured to receive a valve current profile of the injector valve, process the valve current profile using at least a slope discriminator, and determine a stuck status and a closing time (if applicable) of the injector valve based on an output of the slope discriminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies USA, LLC.
    Inventors: Ningsheng Qiao, Donald Kultgen, Pascal Barbier
  • Patent number: 10866078
    Abstract: An arrangement and method are disclosed for inserting and removing a head of a measuring device to and from a process space. The arrangement includes a measuring device with a measuring head and a retractor tool connected to a valve member. The retractor tool includes rails, a cradle for receiving the measuring device and arranged to slide along the rails, and a driving mechanism for moving the cradle. A valve lock mechanism prevents opening of the valve member if the measuring device is not at a location barring a fluid flow from the process space, and the head of the measuring device is insertable to the process space when the measuring device is received in the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: VAISALA OYJ
    Inventor: Harri Salo
  • Patent number: 10865632
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of sensing tension downhole, such as a tension sensing tool for coupling between opposing first and second portions of a tool string conveyable within a wellbore. The tension sensing tool may include a tension-bearing member, a load cell connected along the tension-bearing member and operable to generate information indicative of tension applied to the tension sensing tool, and electronic equipment communicatively connected with the load cell. The electronic equipment may be operable to record the information generated by the load cell and/or transmit the information generated by the load cell to a wellsite surface from which the wellbore extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Impact Selector International, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10852316
    Abstract: A system includes an air data computer (ADC) having a single pneumatic port for receiving a pneumatic input, a plurality of electrical inputs for receiving one or more electrical signals, and an output. The ADC can transmit, via the output, air data parameters based on the received pneumatic input and the received one or more electrical signals. In a further example embodiment, the system includes a first pressure sensing probe discrete from the ADC and a pneumatic connection joining a pressure sensing port of the first probe to the pneumatic input of the ADC. Second and third pressure sensing probes pneumatically coupled to respective pressure modules, which output electrical signals to the ADC, the electrical signals being representative of pressures sensed by the second and third pressure sensing probes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Brent Naslund, Joel Boelke, Benjamin John Langemo, Kevin Benning
  • Patent number: 10852288
    Abstract: A method and apparatus includes devices for measuring the liquid rate, pressure, temperature and water cut from a production well, components and devices for diverting a liquid sample into a cylinder vessel, and components and devices for measuring parameters of the separated water phase of the liquid sample. The sample collection and analysis provides a means of significantly improving the accuracy of full-range water cut measurement by providing for improved calibration of a full range water cut meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Guide Valve USA Limited
    Inventors: Dan W. Marshall, Suzanne Griston Castrup
  • Patent number: 10843247
    Abstract: A material-property-value estimating method of estimating a material-property-value of a target steel-strip product manufactured via at least one of a reheating process, a rolling process, and a cooling process, which are performed while a target material is being conveyed along a conveyance route, the material-property-value estimating method includes an estimating step of estimating a material-property-value of each of meshes dividing the target steel-strip product based on a measured value that has been measured once or more by a measuring device installed on the conveyance route, the measured value including at least a temperature of the target material; and a chemical composition per component of the target steel-strip product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Kuyama, Kazuya Asano, Yoshitsugu Iijima, Tomoyoshi Ogasahara
  • Patent number: 10835330
    Abstract: A method for determining the position of a rotatable jaw of an attachment relative to a non-rotatable jaw is disclosed. The method comprises assembling the attachment to a surgical robot, rotating a first rotatable driver of the robot to align the first driver with a first rotatable drive of the attachment, and rotating a second rotatable driver of the robot to align the second driver with a second rotatable drive of the attachment. The method further comprises evaluating the amount of rotation required to align the first driver with the first drive and the amount of rotation required to align the second driver with the second drive, calculating a difference between the amount of rotation of the first driver and the amount of the rotation of the second driver, and determining the position of the rotatable jaw relative to the non-rotatable jaw based on the calculated difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10837374
    Abstract: A method of characterizing a mixed fuel flow period is provided. The method includes flowing a mixed fuel, the mixed fuel being comprised of at least a first fuel type and a second fuel type, the mixed fuel flow period being determined where the fuel is switched from the first fuel type to the second fuel type, determining a density of the first fuel type and a density of the second fuel type, and determining a total flow, the total flow being determined from the density of the first fuel type and the density of the second fuel type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick John Zimmer, Taylor Robert Scott
  • Patent number: 10830670
    Abstract: A soft collision target, in particular for use within the framework of non-destructive collision tests, has an illumination device that comprises at least one illuminant and a covering structure, wherein the covering structure surrounds the illuminant and is configured to absorb forces acting on the illumination device on a collision and/or to conduct them at least partly past the illuminant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Humanetics Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Julian Simader, Severin Wesenauer, Andreas Moser, Hermann Steffan
  • Patent number: 10823692
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical systems die including a thermally conductive substrate including an outer surface, a plurality of low mass sensing structures disposed within the thermally conductive substrate to form a plurality of inter-structure spaces therebetween, each of the plurality of low mass sensing structures include a sensing structure proximal top surface, a sensing structure distal top surface, and a sensing structure width dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: John Carl Christenson, David P. Potasek, Marcus Allen Childress
  • Patent number: 10816526
    Abstract: A gas detector is tested by releasing detectable gas from a storage medium and delivering it to the gas detector. A cartridge for delivering detectable gas includes a container with an outlet and a storage medium in the container. Detectable gas is stored in the storage medium for being desorbed from the storage medium. A test device can include a receptacle for receiving the cartridge, an interface for fluidly coupling the device to a gas detector, and passaging to provide fluid communication between the interface and both the cartridge received in the receptacle and external air. A pump can pump external air and the detectable gas released from the cartridge through the passaging and interface such that the pumped detectable gas and air form a proportioned mixture for testing the gas detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Ferrel D. Moore, James Robert Moore
  • Patent number: 10816528
    Abstract: There may be provided a system comprising a spectroscopic device; wherein the spectroscopic device is configured to analyze a fluid of a pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MAYTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Tamir Yizhack, Shay Peretz, Gil Hilel
  • Patent number: 10809248
    Abstract: A system for certifying a detection of a gaseous substance present in air exhaled by an individual. The system includes a sensor providing a measurement of the quantity of the gaseous substance, a portable terminal connected to the sensor and having a camera for taking an image of the individual. The terminal has a module for authenticating the individual and the sensor used for the exhaled air sample by analyzing the data of images using facial recognition and by analyzing a graphic marker for the sensor. The terminal produces an item of data representative of the quantity of gaseous substance measured in the sample and a piece of authenticated identification data of the individual who has exhaled the sample. The system can at the same time authenticate the identity of the individual, authenticate the sensor used, and associate the result of the value of the test with the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: APERLI
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Cado
  • Patent number: 10801922
    Abstract: A sensing device (200) for fitting at an inner surface of a wheel (222) and configured to abut a wheel hub (224) when the wheel (222) is fitted to a vehicle, the device (200) comprising: a movement sensor (602) for detecting movement of the device away from the wheel hub (224), the movement sensor (602) being located within a sensor housing (202); and a temperature sensor (606) configured to measure a temperature indicative of brake temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Wheely-Safe Ltd.
    Inventor: Gary Broadfield
  • Patent number: 10794811
    Abstract: An apparatus which detects particulate matter is provided. This apparatus estimates a volume of water inside an exhaust passage using estimation sections. When an estimated volume of water is larger than a water drainage threshold, an element portion is heated using a heater by the first temperature range controller, in a temperature range which resists water-induced cracking independent of a volume of water droplets. If the estimated volume of water is less than a water drainage threshold, the water drainage determination section determines that the water drainage of the exhaust passage is completed. Additionally, if it is estimated that the water drainage is completed, the element portion is heated by a second temperature controller at temperature lower than a starting temperature of combustion of particulate matter and in order to repel water adhered onto the element portion in a water-repellent temperature range for a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Go Miyagawa, Masayuki Tamura, Masahiro Yamamoto, Takashi Araki, Toshihiro Sakawa, Masato Katsuno, Manabu Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 10758759
    Abstract: An agent distribution system includes a water tank, a flush line, a flush valve, an agent storage tank, an agent line, an agent valve, a first flow meter, and a second flow meter. The flush line receives water from the water tank. The flush valve is configured to selectively prevent water from flowing along the flush line downstream of the flush valve. The agent line receives agent from the agent tank. The agent valve is configured to selectively prevent agent from flowing along the agent line downstream of the agent valve. The flush line extends into the agent line at a junction. The junction is disposed downstream of the agent valve. The first flow meter is positioned along the agent line downstream of the junction. The second flow meter is positioned downstream of the first flow meter and upstream of a discharge system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Shively, Tim Nelson, David Kay, Seth Newlin
  • Patent number: 10761005
    Abstract: An apparatus for analysing the particulate matter content of an aerosol includes an aerosol chamber configured to receive an aerosol, the particulate matter content of which should be analysed, at least one ultrasonic generator configured to produce ultrasonic waves in the aerosol received in the aerosol chamber, an ultrasonic detector configured to detect ultrasonic waves produced by the at least one ultrasonic generator in the aerosol, and an evaluator having a data exchange communication link with the ultrasonic detector and configured to ascertain the matter content on the basis of signals output by the ultrasonic detector. The ultrasonic generator and the ultrasonic detector are positioned relative to one another such that a path length to be traversed by ultrasonic waves between the ultrasonic generator and the ultrasonic detector is less than 1 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Alfons Dehe, Christian Bretthauer
  • Patent number: 10746700
    Abstract: A system and method are described for determining properties of particulates. The device collects particulates on the surface of an oscillating balance and compares the natural resonant frequency of the balance with the particulates with a balance without particulates. In addition, the collected particulates are illuminated with light that is absorbed by the particulates. This causes the balance to heat up, affecting the natural resonant frequency. A comparison of the natural resonant frequencies reveals optical properties of the collected particulates, which may be used to speciate the particulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Magee Scientific Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony D.A. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10738754
    Abstract: An ignition testing system including a test article testing chamber, and at least one gas mixture verification chamber being communicably coupled to the test article testing chamber and being configured to verify at least a content of a gas mixture content provided to the test article testing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Carson A. Smith, Thomas D. Mitchum, Jr., Philipp A. Boettcher, Eddie Kwon, Jason Damazo