Patents Examined by Tran M Tran
  • Patent number: 10689127
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a damage detection system includes: a physical quantity detection unit, a flight condition changing part and a damage detection part. The physical quantity detection unit detects a physical quantity of a structural object composing an aircraft during a flight of the aircraft. The flight condition changing part changes at least one flight condition of the aircraft to at least one specific flight condition when the physical quantity of the structural object has been detected by the physical quantity detection unit. The damage detection part determines whether a damage arose in the structural object, based on a physical quantity which has been detected, from the structural object of the aircraft flying with the at least one specific flight condition, by the physical quantity detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakatsu Abe, Hideki Soejima, Takeshi Fukurose
  • Patent number: 10663357
    Abstract: A low power consumption multi-contact micro electro-mechanical strain/displacement sensor and miniature autonomous self-contained systems for recording of stress and usage history with direct output suitable for fatigue and load spectrum analysis are provided. In aerospace applications the system can assist in prediction of fatigue of a component subject to mechanical stresses as well as in harmonizing maintenance and overhauls intervals. In alternative applications, i.e. civil structures, general machinery, marine and submarine vessels, etc., the system can autonomously record strain history, strain spectrum or maximum values of the strain over a prolonged period of time using an internal power supply or a power supply combined with an energy harvesting device. The sensor is based on MEMS technology and incorporates a micro array of flexible micro or nano-size cantilevers. The system can have extremely low power consumption while maintaining precision and temperature/humidify independence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Paul D Okulov
  • Patent number: 10663360
    Abstract: Multilayer tactile sensor with a first layer that comprises a first electrode, a second layer that comprises a second electrode and an intermediate layer of pressure-sensitive material that is disposed between the first and second layers and that spaces apart the first electrode from the second electrode. The sensor further comprises a fastening means for fixing the first and second electrodes relative to each other. At least the first electrode is made of electrically conductive yarn and extends along a defined longitudinal direction. The fastening means comprises at least a first seam that extends in the longitudinal direction and that comprises at least one thread that is fed repeatedly multiple times through the pressure-sensitive material in order to fix the first electrode in a defined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PILZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Onedin Ibrocevic, Matthias Schweiker, Bernd Neuschwander, Matthias Kuczera
  • Patent number: 10654586
    Abstract: According to one implementation, a damage detection system includes: a physical quantity detection unit, a flight condition changing part and a damage detection part. The physical quantity detection unit detects a physical quantity of a structural object composing an aircraft during a flight of the aircraft. The flight condition changing part changes at least one flight condition of the aircraft to at least one specific flight condition when the physical quantity of the structural object has been detected by the physical quantity detection unit. The damage detection part determines whether a damage arose in the structural object, based on a physical quantity which has been detected, from the structural object of the aircraft flying with the at least one specific flight condition, by the physical quantity detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakatsu Abe, Hideki Soejima, Takeshi Fukurose
  • Patent number: 10648871
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a fracture ring sensor and a method of using the same to detect out of tolerance forces. Aspects of the invention include a product having a defined an out of tolerance force, a fracture ring sensor, and a mounting assembly coupling the fracture ring sensor to the product. The fracture ring sensor is patterned with a conductive trace and is manufactured to break when subjected to a predetermined amount of force. The predetermined amount of force is substantially equal to a percentage of the out of tolerance force of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bradbury, Jonathan R. Fry, Michael R. Kane
  • Patent number: 10640009
    Abstract: A seat occupancy sensor includes: a first sensor group having a plurality of first sensor cells that are arrayed in a front-rear direction of a seat and become conductive as a load is applied thereto; a second sensor group having a plurality of second sensor cells that are arrayed in the front-rear direction, farther on a front side of the seat and closer to an end of the seat in a width direction than the first sensor group, and that become conductive as a load is applied thereto; and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit determines that someone is sitting on the seat when both of at least one of the first sensor cells and at least one of the second sensor cells become conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Mizokawa, Keiichi Yanai, Atsushi Kobayashi, Keiichi Kondo, Shunsuke Nagai
  • Patent number: 10627264
    Abstract: A sensor mounting system for mounting onto a sensor mounting bracket a sensing device and a cover that covers the sensing device. The sensing device is mounted onto the sensor mounting bracket by sliding from a sensing device delivery position to a sensing device mounted position. The cover pivots relative to the sensing device from a cover delivery position to a cover locked position. When the sensing device is mounted onto the sensor mounting bracket, the cover is in the cover delivery position and contacts the sensor mounting bracket such that by pivoting the cover towards the cover locked position, the cover causes sliding of the sensing device into the sensing device mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MEAS FRANCE
    Inventor: Yannick Vidal
  • Patent number: 10620067
    Abstract: A force-torque sensor for capturing forces and torques in a robotic unit, including a one-part carrier body which has a cylindrical basic shape and is provided with two connection disks parallel to one another and at least three bridge elements which connect the connection disks to one another and are each assigned at least one measuring point, each bridge element having a central cylindrical bore as a measuring point. Each bridge element is provided, on its opposite outer edges, with a respective concave recess at which a further measuring point is respectively provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DR. DOLL ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventor: Theo Doll
  • Patent number: 10620082
    Abstract: To associate condition information, such as (a) a location in a movement section at which fatigue occurred, (b) a type of work or operation during which fatigue occurred, and (c) a type of natural phenomenon experienced when fatigue occurred, a device for displaying the material fatigue of a machine is configured to observe stress variation in a time series using a sensor correlated with the stress variation or stress of a machine. Stress variation in a single cycle and the time when the stress variation occurred are detected, and the stress variation value and time of occurrence are output and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munetoshi Unuma, Shinya Yuda, Takashi Saeki, Hideaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10612955
    Abstract: A flow measuring device includes a sub-bypass passage arranged to precede a bypass passage which is linked to a flow detecting element. Bypass passage wall surfaces, which are positioned adjacent the sub-bypass passage, are inclined toward a direction of a sub-inflow opening, and an inner-circumference-side wall surface and an outer-circumference-side wall surface of the sub-bypass passage are inclined toward a direction of a sub-outflow opening. The described structure minimizes variations in the size of the bypass passage due to build-up of foreign material, and results in a more stable flow velocity of measured fluid past the flow detecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuto Akagi, Naoyuki Kishikawa, Masahiro Kawai, Yuji Ariyoshi
  • Patent number: 10605579
    Abstract: A tool, such as a tape measure, including a spring-based retraction system is shown. The spring-based retraction system includes a motor spring system that drives a tape reel during tape retraction. The output drum of the motor spring system is coupled to the tape reel such that rotation of the reel causes rotation of the output drum. The output drum is located adjacent to the tape reel, and the output drum and tape reel may have a common axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Earl McKinster
  • Patent number: 10603659
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting formation of a droplet at a distal end of a pipette tip attached to a pipette. The methods, systems, and computer program products provide dispensing a fluid from the pipette tip, measuring pipette pressure in real time at an internal portion of the pipette while the fluid is dispensed, determining a plurality of pressure differences, estimating a plurality of rate of change in pipette pressure values during a given time interval, detecting formation of the droplet responsive to determining certain conditions are met, and stopping the dispensing of the fluid from the pipette tip or moving the pipette when the droplet is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: bioMerieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Oliver Luebbert, Daniel Joseph Pingel, Joel Patrick Harrison, Jeremey Joseph Pionke
  • Patent number: 10598637
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the technology, an automated thermal desorption system includes a sample tube including a chamber to contain an analyte, visible indicia on the sample tube, a thermal desorption apparatus, and a sample tube monitoring system. The thermal desorption apparatus is configured to receive the sample tube and includes a heating device. The heating device is configured to heat the sample tube in the thermal desorption apparatus and thereby desorb the analyte from the sample tube. The sample tube monitoring system includes: an optical sensor configured to read the visible indicia on the sample tube and to generate an output signal corresponding thereto; and a controller configured to receive the output signal corresponding to the visible indicia from the optical sensor and to determine an orientation of the sample tube with respect to the thermal desorption apparatus based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Health Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Tolley, Andrew Tipler
  • Patent number: 10591505
    Abstract: The accelerometric sensor has a suspended region, mobile with respect to a supporting structure, and a sensing assembly coupled to the suspended region and configured to detect a movement of the suspended region with respect to the supporting structure. The suspended region has a geometry variable between at least two configurations associated with respective centroids, different from each other. The suspended region is formed by a first region rotatably anchored to the supporting structure and by a second region coupled to the first region through elastic connection elements configured to allow a relative movement of the second region with respect to the first region. A driving assembly is coupled to the second region so as to control the relative movement of the latter with respect to the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Tocchio, Francesco Rizzini, Carlo Valzasina, Giacomo Langfelder
  • Patent number: 10591636
    Abstract: A method may include providing a drill string positioned in a wellbore including a measurement tool. The method may include taking a measurement with the measurement tool at a first location; coupling a pipe stand including a first selected number of tubular segments to the drill string, the first selected number being two or more; lowering or advancing the drill string into the wellbore the length of the pipe stand; taking a measurement with the measurement tool at a second location; raising the drill string the length of a tubular segment; removing a second selected number of tubular segments from the drill string; taking a measurement with the measurement tool at a third location; raising the drill string the length of the first selected number of tubular segments; removing the first selected number of tubular segments; and taking a measurement with the measurement tool at a fourth location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SCIENTIFIC DRILLING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Marc Willerth, Benjamin C. Hawkinson, Brian D. Gleason
  • Patent number: 10591373
    Abstract: In one aspect, a transducer body, includes a support including a pair of clevis halves; and a sensor body coupled to each of the clevis halves. The sensor body is disposed between the clevis halves and includes a generally rigid peripheral member disposed about a spaced-apart central hub, the central hub being joined to each of the clevis halves with the peripheral member spaced apart from each clevis half, where at least three flexure components couple the peripheral member to the central hub, and where the flexure components are spaced-apart from each other at generally equal angle intervals about the central hub. A biasing assembly connected between the support and the sensor body is configured to provide a bias force between the sensor body and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard A. Meyer, Robert L. Josephson, Jason A. Christopherson, Todd Robert Osmundson, Nicholas Devon LaMoore, Riley August Rogotzke
  • Patent number: 10571347
    Abstract: A pressure sensor (10) has a carrier chip (20) in and/or on which at least one sensor element (30) is integrated, the measuring signal of which depends on the mechanical stress in the carrier chip (20). The carrier chip (20) is connected on its back side in a flat and material-locking fashion to a solid body (50), the modulus of elasticity of which differs from the modulus of elasticity of the carrier chip (20). The carrier chip (20) has at least two independent and longitudinal grooves (80a, 80b) between which the sensor element (30a, 30b) is arranged. The pressure sensor has a bias voltage circuit (40) and is used in a common rail injection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Micronas GmbH
    Inventor: Marc Baumann
  • Patent number: 10571353
    Abstract: A pressure sensing apparatus for a vehicle may include: a sensor element configured to measure a change in air pressure by a vehicle collision; a housing unit into which the sensor element is seated, and including a terminal unit electrically coupled to the sensor element, the housing unit being fixed to a vehicle body; a cover unit removably installed on the housing unit; and an elastic pressing unit including a first end coupled to the cover unit, and a second end protruding toward the sensor element and pressing the sensor element, the elastic pressing unit being made of elastically deformable material. An area of a pressing surface of the elastic pressing unit that faces the sensor element may be equal to or less than an area of a surface of the sensor element that faces the pressing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., KOREA ELECTRIC TERMINAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sangdo Kim, Hyunseok Yun
  • Patent number: 10555609
    Abstract: A pressure-sensing chair according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a first electrode having a first conductive region formed in a first direction; a second electrode having a second conductive region formed in a second direction; a sensing sheet including an intermediate layer arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode; a first elastic body arranged on the sensing sheet and having a first elastic modulus; and a plurality of second elastic bodies arranged in the first elastic body and having a second elastic modulus, which is greater than the first elastic modulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Hwa Park, Bi Yi Kim, Jeong Han Kim, Hyun Gyu Park, Won Keun Cho, Hyun Jin Jo, In Hee Cho
  • Patent number: 10551190
    Abstract: A resonator paradigm, where the resonator structure is made up of a very large number of small, coupled Coriolis sensitive units arranged in a periodic 1D or 2D (and, possibly, in the future, 3D) structure to create a Coriolis-sensitive “fabric” that supports a large number of Coriolis-coupled “supermodes. Such a “fabric” can be shaped into arbitrary “waveguides” that propagate either pulses of excitation that are Coriolis-coupled, thus enabling an acoustic version of a FOG-type gyroscope (where a pulse of excitation travels along a passive waveguide and it's phase/time delay is measured), or support multiple “stationary” Coriolis-coupled vibration modes analogous to optical laser modes in an RLG where counter-propagating modes of oscillation are maintained at constant amplitude via a continuous addition of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirill V. Shcheglov, David Smukowski, Yingxiang Cheng, Nolan F. Maggipinto