Patents Examined by Vincent Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10677699
    Abstract: Wear sensor and the corresponding wear element, assembly and use. The sensor is intended for a wear element in a bucket of an earth moving machine. The sensor includes a sensing electric circuit and at least one elongated arm (23) extending in a direction of detection defining a longitudinal axis. The arm (23) has a base (25) and an end. The end wears away together with the wear material of the wear element. The arm (23) includes a plurality of electrical connections (27) forming part of the sensing electric circuit and extending different lengths with respect to one another, measured according to the longitudinal axis along the arm (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: METALOGENIA RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGIES S.L.
    Inventors: Jordi Marquez Llinas, Joan Cesar Galobardes, Nil Vallve, Jorge Triginer Boixeda, Cristian Toral Martin, Albert Puig Castello, Enric Camprubi Torras
  • Patent number: 10677861
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes processing circuitry and sequence control circuitry. The processing circuitry specifies a position of an imaging target of a subject in a bore, using an image collected by a first imaging protocol. The processing circuitry determines, in accordance with the specified position, a correction value for a phase of an RF pulse and/or a correction value for an amplitude of the RF pulse, the RF pulse being related to a transmit RF wave, so that non-uniformity in a magnetic field of the transmit RF wave transmitted to the imaging target can be corrected. The sequence control circuitry executes a second imaging protocol for the subject, using the determined correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichiro Ishi, Hiroki Kondo, Masaaki Umeda
  • Patent number: 10677822
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to electrical overstress protection devices, and more particularly to electrical overstress monitoring devices for detecting electrical overstress events in semiconductor devices. In one aspect, a device configured to monitor electrical overstress (EOS) events includes a pair of spaced conductive structures configured to electrically arc in response to an EOS event, wherein the spaced conductive structures are formed of a material and have a shape such that arcing causes a detectable change in shape of the spaced conductive structures, and wherein the device is configured such that the change in shape of the spaced conductive structures is detectable to serve as an EOS monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global Unlimited Company
    Inventors: David J. Clarke, Stephen Denis Heffernan, Alan J. O'Donnell, Patrick M. McGuinness
  • Patent number: 10678239
    Abstract: On a steering wheel unit, a sensitive region for detecting contact of a human body with respect to a steering wheel is formed by arranging an electrostatic capacitance sensor on an outer circumferential portion of a rim of the steering wheel, and non-sensitive regions that do not detect contact of the human body with respect to the steering wheel are formed, respectively, on a left portion (left spoke connected part) positioned relatively to the left on the rim, and on a right portion (right spoke connected part) positioned in facing relation to the left portion via a center portion of the rim when the steering wheel is in a neutral state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shotaro Odate
  • Patent number: 10670682
    Abstract: A general framework is for signal encoding in MRF that enables simultaneous transmit and receive encoding to accelerate the acquisition process, or improve the fidelity of the final image/parameter-map per unit scan time. The proposed method and systems capitalize on the distinct spatial variations in the sensitivity profile of each transmit-coil to reduce the acquisition time, and/or improve the fidelity of the final parameter-map per unit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Martijn Anton Hendrik Cloos
  • Patent number: 10663492
    Abstract: To provide a current sensor with high sensitivity, provided is a current sensor including a sealing portion; a first conductor that includes a bent portion bent in a planar view within the sealing portion and two end portions that are exposed from the sealing portion; a second conductor that includes a bent portion bent in the planar view within the sealing portion and two end portions that are exposed from the sealing portion; a first magnetic sensor that is provided within the sealing portion and arranged inside the first conductor in the planar view; and a second magnetic sensor that is provided within the sealing portion and arranged inside the second conductor in the planar view, wherein one end portion of the first conductor and one end portion of the second conductor are electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10656663
    Abstract: Apparatuses including utility meter, power electronics, and communications circuitry are provided. The utility meter circuitry is configured to measure usage of electricity supplied by an electric utility to a premise of a customer of the electric utility. The power electronics circuitry is configured to regulate a voltage level supplied to the premise of the customer. Moreover, the communications circuitry is configured to provide communications with a first electronic device of the customer at the premise of the customer and to provide communications with a second electronic device that is upstream from the apparatus. Related methods of operating an apparatus including utility meter, power electronics, and communications circuitry are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Duke Energy Coporation
    Inventors: Jason Handley, Stuart Laval, Aleksandar Vukojevic
  • Patent number: 10642400
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide a semiconductor with thin metallic film deposition sensor configuration are described. Thin metallic film semiconductor sensors of embodiments may be utilized in determining various impingements upon the sensor surface, such as from objects touching, hovering near, or light sources illuminating a sensor surface. Embodiments of a thin metallic film deposition semiconductor sensor provide a non-resistive, non-capacitive sensor configuration operable for determining position of various objects, including both electrically conductive objects and non-electrically conductive objects. A semiconductor with thin metallic film sensor of embodiments may additionally or alternatively provide a magnetic field sensor configuration operable for determining magnitude and/or direction with respect to a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventor: Antonio Ruotolo
  • Patent number: 10637215
    Abstract: Enclosures for electrical distribution systems include a height adjuster enclosure that provides connector buses and bus lines that rise from bus lines in a main terminal enclosure to connect to another enclosure such as a meter stack enclosure through the bus lines in the height adjuster enclosure. The bus lines in the height adjuster enclosure can include a three-phase bus having three vertical line conductor buses and a vertical neutral conductor bus that can be coupled to a feeder bus in the main terminal enclosure and a feeder bus in the meter stack enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Walsh, Christopher Bohn, Thomas Iseman, James Lee Gehlbach, Abhijeet Rathi
  • Patent number: 10637289
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improvement in transmission antenna design and, more particularly, for rapid determine phase determination of incoming signals are described herein. In some embodiments, a phase detection system is described. The phase detection system includes a phase detection apparatus and a control system. The phase detection apparatus includes a phase shifting element and a phase detector element. The phase shifting element is configured to phase-shift a reference signal multiple times per detection cycle. The phase detector element is configured to compare an incoming signal to multiple phases of the phase-shifted reference signal during the detection cycle, and generate an output indicating a relative phase difference between the incoming signal and the phase-shifted reference signal for each of the multiple phases. The control system is configured to determine a relative phase of the incoming signal based, at least in part, on the outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Williams, Rasha Qamheyeh, Hatem Zeine, Dale Donald Mayes
  • Patent number: 10634579
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting moisture that includes at least three conductors. One of the conductors has a different resistance than the other conductors. A liquid extends between the conductors. The difference between the impedance through a pair of conductors and the liquid and the impedance of through another pair of conductors and the liquid may be used to determine the position of the liquid along a length of the conductors. Similar methods may be used to determine an area of a liquid with respect to the conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Woodbury, Roc Lastinger
  • Patent number: 10627448
    Abstract: A method for detecting failure of a battery cell due to an unknown discharge current, including connecting a detector in series between the battery cell and a power supply for supplying a charging power, determining whether the charging of the battery cell progresses by the charging power in excess of a predetermined battery cell specific charging reference time, measuring a current value of the battery cell in real time if the charging of the battery cell progresses in excess of the battery cell specific charging reference time, determining whether the current value of the battery cell measured in real time exceeds a predetermined battery cell specific failure determination reference current range value, and determining a state of the battery cell as a failure state if the current value of the battery cell exceeds the predetermined battery cell specific failure determination reference current range value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Sam Koo, Kwang Soo Jeon, Jun Hyuk Pack, Dong Hyun Lee, Kyoung Min Kwon, Jong Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 10620016
    Abstract: A sensing apparatus may include a printed circuit board (PCB) having a processing unit, a positioning sensor, an environmental sensor and one or more inductive elements positioned within a region at an edge of the PCB. The one or more inductive elements may be configured to generate electrical energy for the processing unit by passing through a magnetic field. The apparatus may also include a spindle implemented through the PCB, such that the spindle protrudes through a substantially central location relative to one plane of the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry Obukhov, Muthukumar Karuppiah, Khurram Ismail
  • Patent number: 10613013
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include a sensor for a motor vehicle including an anode conductor, an anode sleeve connected to the anode conductor, an adapter sleeve, a housing, a connection between the housing and the adapter sleeve, and a cathode sleeve connected to the housing. The anode conductor is rigidly connected to the adapter sleeve by an electrical insulator. The anode sleeve and the cathode sleeve are arranged coaxially with respect to one another within the scope of the production tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Kiefl, Jörg Friedel
  • Patent number: 10613161
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor includes an MR element and two stacks. The two stacks are spaced apart from each other along a first direction. Each stack includes a ferromagnetic layer and an antiferromagnetic layer stacked along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. An element placement region is formed between the two stacks when viewed in the second direction. The element placement region includes a middle region and two end regions. The MR element is placed to lie within the middle region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Komasaki
  • Patent number: 10605627
    Abstract: A transmission winding portion having a positive-polarity loop and a negative-polarity loop alternately formed so as to partially overlap with each other in the extending direction of a scale, arrangement of the positive-polarity loop and the negative-polarity loop being adjusted such that the positive-polarity loop and the negative-polarity loop on both sides with respect to the intermediate position in the longitudinal direction of the transmission winding portion are inverted; a first reception winding that covers the transmission winding portion in the width direction of the scale, that has a length, corresponding to the cycle of the cycle pattern of the transmission winding portion, and that is formed into a rectangular pattern; a second reception winding having a shape symmetrical to the first reception winding with respect to the intermediate position in the longitudinal direction of the transmission winding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINE TOOL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koh Ishii, Katsuyoshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10605755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for detecting charged particles (e.g., ions). The device includes components arranged to neutralize or strip the charges of ions generated from a sample material, in which the charge stripping events produce signals that can be detected subsequently by a detector. A method for detecting charged particles generated from a sample material using the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Academia Sinica
    Inventor: Yi-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10598725
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integrated circuit (1) including two electrical power supply terminals (2a, 2b), respectively positive and ground, forming part of a first electrical power supply system (2) internal to the integrated circuit and providing its electrical power supply using an electrical power supply source external to the integrated circuit. The integrated circuit includes two pins (3a, 3b), respectively positive and ground, forming part of a second electrical power supply system (3) and providing an auxiliary electrical connection of the integrated circuit with the outside, the second power supply system being in parallel with the first power supply system, the first power supply system being open when the second power supply system is closed and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Cedric Benaben, Didier Lascombes
  • Patent number: 10598702
    Abstract: Example implementations described herein are directed to detection of historical anomalous events that are similar to currently occurring events in a transmission power system based on phasor management unit (PMU) data to provide information to grid operators with online decision support. From the high-resolution time synchronized PMU data, the historical events can be quickly retrieved and compared to the currently occurring event so that operators can be provided with remedy actions that were attempted in response to the historical events. Utilization of PMU information for such decision support may compliment operation practices relying on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) measurements by allowing a much fast response to the currently occurring event. Accurate identification of similar, historical events can advise grid operators of the cause of disturbances and provide ideas for response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Norifumi Nishikawa, Jun Yamazaki, Mika Takata
  • Patent number: 10578659
    Abstract: A fault detection system of a utility meter for measuring electrical energy consumed by a load includes at least one current transformer, a temperature sensor, and a processor. The at least one current transformer is configured to generate a current measurement signal based on a current provided to the load. The temperature sensor is configured to generate a temperature signal based on a detected temperature of the utility meter. The processor is operably connected to the at least one current transformer and to the temperature sensor. The processor is configured to generate a phase angle value corresponding to a phase angle of the current measurement signal. The processor is further configured to generate a fault signal responsive to the temperature signal indicating that the detected temperature is greater than a predetermined temperature value and the phase angle value indicating detection of a leading current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Kraus, Detlef Griessman