Patents Examined by Walter L. Lindsay, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11567429
    Abstract: A developing device includes a first transport member and a second transport member that are respectively disposed in a first transport path and a second transport path arranged in a vertical direction and that transport developer so as to circulate the developer between the first transport path and the second transport path; a developing member that is disposed to face the first transport path and that receives the developer from the first transport path; and a driving device that operates such that a relative speed ratio between a rotational speed of the developing member and a rotational speed of the second transport member is changeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Masanori Kato, Katsumi Yamada, Shota Igawa, Yoshihisa Nakao, Atsushi Funada, Mitsutoshi Hongo, Makoto Kanno, Daisuke Uchimitsu, Yoshitaka Nakajima, Sadayuki Tsujino
  • Patent number: 11567430
    Abstract: A developing device includes a first transport member and a second transport member that are respectively disposed in a first transport path and a second transport path arranged in a vertical direction and that transport developer so as to circulate the developer between the first transport path and the second transport path; a developing member that is disposed to face the first transport path and that receives the developer from the first transport path; and a third transport member that is disposed in a third transport path through which the developer that has not been used by the developing member is collected and transported to the second transport path. A central shaft of the second transport member is disposed farther in a vertically upward direction than is a central shaft of the third transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Daisuke Uchimitsu, Masanori Kato, Katsumi Yamada, Shota Igawa, Yoshihisa Nakao, Atsushi Funada, Mitsutoshi Hongo, Makoto Kanno, Yoshitaka Nakajima, Sadayuki Tsujino
  • Patent number: 11566919
    Abstract: A device for excitation of a resolver comprising an excitation coil and one or more sensing coils includes circuitry. The circuitry is configured to amplify a carrier signal using a first gain value to generate an excitation signal for output to the excitation coil of the resolver and determine whether the excitation signal is outside of a threshold band of voltages. The circuitry is further configured to amplify the carrier signal using a second gain value, wherein the second gain value is generated based on whether the excitation signal is outside of the threshold band of voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Christian Heiling, Thomas Uller
  • Patent number: 11567156
    Abstract: A method for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is provided. The method may include obtaining scan data of a subject. The scan data may be acquired by an MR scanner at a time according to a pulse sequence. The method may include obtaining motion data of the subject. The motion data of the subject may be acquired by one or more sensors at the time. The motion data may reflect a motion state of the subject at the time. The method may also include determining, based on the motion data of the subject, a processing strategy indicating whether using the scan data to fill one or more k-space lines corresponding to the pulse sequence in a k-space. The method may further include obtaining k-space data based on the processing strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lingzhi Hu, Yiran Li, Xinyuan Xia
  • Patent number: 11566917
    Abstract: A system includes a substrate, a first and a second magnetic field sensor, and a computing device communicatively coupled to the first and second magnetic field sensors. The substrate has a surface encoded with a magnetic pattern sequenced along a direction of movement of the substrate. The magnetic pattern includes a data pattern that indicates a position of the substrate along the direction of movement and a clock pattern interleaved and substantially colinear with the data pattern that indicates a plurality of clock transitions. The computing device is configured to receive, from the first and second magnetic field sensors positioned above the magnetic pattern, a plurality of magnetic field signals detected from the magnetic pattern. The computing device is configured to determine, based on the plurality of magnetic field signals, the position of the substrate and output the position of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Paolo Sechi, Alan Leong
  • Patent number: 11566988
    Abstract: A testing device that includes a wear testing device, a sensor array, and a controller. The wear testing device includes a sample rotation element configured to hold and to rotate a sample; and a cutting element holder configured to hold a cutting element and to engage the cutting element with the sample as the sample rotates. The sensor array includes an acoustic emissions (AE) sensor configured to measure an acoustic signal generated during engagement between the cutting element and the sample; and a load sensor. The controller is communicably connected to the sensor array and configured to determine a toughness and a wear resistance of the cutting element using the acoustic signal, the applied load, and a wear state of the cutting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Jianhui Xu, Guodong Zhan, Bodong Li, Chinthaka P. Gooneratne, Arturo Magana Mora
  • Patent number: 11566989
    Abstract: A sonic speed measurement device includes a reception array in which a plurality of reception elements which output reception signals in response to reception of an ultrasonic wave are disposed in one direction, a phase difference detection portion that detects a phase difference between the reception signals output from the reception elements adjacent to each other in a case where the plurality of reception elements receive the ultrasonic wave which propagates in a spherical wave shape from a target point, and a sonic speed calculation portion that calculates a sonic speed of the ultrasonic wave on the basis of the phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Ryoki Watanabe, Kanechika Kiyose
  • Patent number: 11567157
    Abstract: A method is provided for calibration of a magnetic resonance device with a transmitting device for generating an excitation field. In a first acquisition phase, a first transmitting coil element is detuned, at least one second transmitting coil element is tuned, and an MR data set is acquired using the transmitting device. In a second acquisition phase, the first transmitting coil element, the at least one second transmitting coil element are tuned, and at least one further MR data set is acquired using the transmitting device. By an arithmetic unit, a calibration factor is determined based on the MR data set and the at least one further MR data set for calculating a total voltage value at a feeding point of the first transmitting coil element from voltage values, which may be measured at a measuring point of an electrical supply line of the first transmitting coil element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Rene Gumbrecht
  • Patent number: 11566916
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for a vehicle includes a sensor element and at least two control devices, each having an evaluation and control unit and a power source. A first evaluation and control unit is connected to a first power source in a first control device, and a second evaluation and control unit is connected to a second power source in a second control device. The first control device comprises a switching device which connects a first connection of the sensor element to the first power source and/or to the second power source. A second connection of the sensor element is connected to the second control device. A sensor current flowing through the sensor element is modulated with information relating to a detected measurement variable. The first evaluation and control unit evaluates the sensor current detected between the connected power source and the sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Wirth, Martin Koegel
  • Patent number: 11561488
    Abstract: A powder transport device includes a falling passage unit having an inclined surface that is inclined so as to narrow an interior space, through which powder falls, in a lower region of the interior space; a transport passage unit that is connected to a lower end of the falling passage unit and that has a passage space that extends in a direction in which the powder is transported; a transport member that rotates in the passage space of the transport passage unit to transport the powder in one direction, which is a transporting direction; and an elastic sheet that is disposed to cover a portion of the falling passage unit including the inclined surface, the elastic sheet including an upper end portion that is fixed and a lower end that serves as a free end and faces the transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Taichiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 11555735
    Abstract: A multiphase flow calibration semi-closed loop system includes an oil-gas-water separation unit, a multiphase flow calibration unit, a single phase flow calibration section, a gas flow section, a flow data acquisition unit, and a programmable logic controller (PLC). The system is designed to have a two-step calibration process. In a first step, single phase water flow meters and single phase oil flow meters of the system are calibrated independently. In a second step, multiphase flow meters or multiphase water cut meters are calibrated using the pre-calibrated water flow meter, pre-calibrated oil flow meter, and the pre-calibrated gas flow meter. In doing so, the oil-gas-water separation unit, the multiphase flow calibration unit, the single phase flow calibration section, and the gas flow section communicate with the flow data acquisition unit providing real time data. Thus, the PLC connected to the flow data acquisition unit can perform the required calibration processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Aftab Ahmad, Luai M. Alhems
  • Patent number: 11556076
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes plural photosensitive members, a scanner unit for scanning the photosensitive members, and a fixing unit for fixing toner images. The scanner unit includes a rotatable polygonal mirror for reflecting laser beams emitted in correspondence to respective photosensitive members, reflecting members for reflecting the laser beams, and a box for accommodating the polygonal mirror and the reflecting members. The box includes plural outlets for the laser beams. Of the reflecting members, first and second reflecting members reflect laser beams toward corresponding first and second outlets respectively positioned farthest from and closest to the fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Nagatoshi
  • Patent number: 11555714
    Abstract: A method for determining a relative angular position between two parts about an axis of rotation (A), implementing a magnetized body (10), in the shape of an angular curved sector about the axis of rotation (A), characterized in that the magnetization plane of the magnetized body (PM) is parallel to the axis of rotation (A), for a sensor system having such a magnetized body, and to a method for manufacturing such a magnetized body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: ELECTRICFIL AUTOMOTIVE
    Inventors: Nikola Jerance, Harijaona Lalao Rakotoarison
  • Patent number: 11558011
    Abstract: A method for detecting a potential-induced degradation (PID) of PV modules of a PV installation includes operating a PV generator at a maximum power point (MPP), at a first generator voltage (U1) and first generator current (I1), and at a second generator voltage (U2) and second generator current (I2), where a first power (P1) at the first generator voltage (U1) is in a predefined first ratio V1=P1/PMPP and V1?1, with the power (PMPP) at the maximum power point (MPP) of the PV generator, and where a second power (P2) at the second generator voltage (U2) is in a predefined second ratio V2=P2/P1 and V2<1, with the first power (P1) of the PV generator, and where a quantity Y that characterizes a progress of the potential-induced degradation (PID) is determined from the values of the voltages (U1, U2) and/or the currents (I1, I2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventors: Gerd Bettenwort, Christopher Merz
  • Patent number: 11549842
    Abstract: A multiphase flow calibration semi-closed loop system includes an oil-gas-water separation unit, a multiphase flow calibration unit, a single phase flow calibration section, a gas flow section, a flow data acquisition unit, and a programmable logic controller (PLC). The system is designed to have a two-step calibration process. In a first step, single phase water flow meters and single phase oil flow meters of the system are calibrated independently. In a second step, multiphase flow meters or multiphase water cut meters are calibrated using the pre-calibrated water flow meter, pre-calibrated oil flow meter, and the pre-calibrated gas flow meter. In doing so, the oil-gas-water separation unit, the multiphase flow calibration unit, the single phase flow calibration section, and the gas flow section communicate with the flow data acquisition unit providing real time data. Thus, the PLC connected to the flow data acquisition unit can perform the required calibration processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Aftab Ahmad, Luai M. Alhems
  • Patent number: 11549921
    Abstract: The disclosed system and method improve measurement of trace volatile chemicals, such as by Gas Chromatography (GC) and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GCMS). A first trapping system can include a plurality of capillary columns in series and a focusing column fluidly coupled to a first detector. The first trapping system can retain and separate compounds in a sample, including C3 hydrocarbons and compounds heavier than C3 hydrocarbons (e.g., up to C12 hydrocarbons, or compounds having a boiling point around 250° C.), and can transfer the compounds from the focusing column to the first detector. A second trapping system can receive compounds that the first trapping system does not retain, and can include a packed trap and two columns. The second trapping system can remove water from the sample and can separate and detect compounds including C2 hydrocarbons and Formaldehyde.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Entech Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel B. Cardin
  • Patent number: 11550239
    Abstract: Provided is a powder container having a new structure capable of stable discharge and transport of a powder contained in a container by enabling the powder to be reliably discharged to the outside of the package while preventing the powder from spilling and flying out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Junichi Matsumoto, Tsukuru Kai, Hiroshi Hosokawa, Makoto Komatsu, Tadashi Hayakawa, Yuzuru Ozawa
  • Patent number: 11543482
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of MR imaging of an object (10). It is an object of the invention to enable MR imaging in the presence of motion of the imaged object, wherein full use is made of the acquired MR signal and a high-quality MR image essentially free from motion artefacts is obtained. The method of the invention comprises the steps of: generating MR signals by subjecting the object (10) to an imaging sequence comprising RF pulses and switched magnetic field gradients; acquiring the MR signals as signal data over a given period of time (T); subdividing the period of time into a number of successive time segments (SO, S1, S2, . . . Sn); deriving a geometric transformation (DVF1, DVF2, . . . DVFn) in image space for each pair of consecutive time segments (S0, S1, S2, . . . Sn), which geometric transformation (DVF1, DVF2, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Tim Nielsen, Jan Hendrik Wuelbern
  • Patent number: 11543425
    Abstract: A road surface damage detection device is configured to calculate, for each of road sections, a maximum variation rate that is a maximum value of a variation amount of a wheel speed per unit time in each of vehicles. The device is configured to periodically select, for each of the road sections, a maximum value from the maximum variation rate of each of the vehicles in a prescribed period, set the selected maximum value as a section maximum variation rate, and determine whether or not the road surface damage has occurred by comparing a determination target value with a positive threshold, the determination target value being obtained by subtracting a comparison value, based on at least one of the section maximum variation rates set before last time, from the section maximum variation rate that is set latest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yosuke Kimura, Takeo Moriai, Masaya Fujimori, Tatsuya Obuchi
  • Patent number: 11536786
    Abstract: Systems and methods for data transmission may be provided. The system may at least include a data transmission module. The system may obtain MR signals from one or more RF coils. The system may generate, via a first portion of the data transmitting module, first data based on the MR signals. The system may generate, via a second portion of the data transmitting module, second data based on the first data. The second portion of the data transmitting module may connect to the first portion of the data transmitting module wirelessly. The system may further store the second data in a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ling Ji