Patents Examined by Yoshihisa Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 11029184
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a fill level of a container includes a wireless module disposed on the container including an enclosure, a processor and a wireless transceiver disposed within the enclosure, and a cable mounted to the enclosure. A first pressure sensor is attached to an end of the cable distal from the enclosure and a second pressure sensor is attached to an opposite end within the enclosure. The enclosure is mounted outside of the container. The cable is inserted into the container such that the first pressure sensor is disposed near a bottom of the container. The first pressure sensor measures a pressure at the bottom of the container. The second pressure sensor measures a pressure outside of the container. The readings from the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor are cross-correlated to determine a net pressure for use in calculating the fill level of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: E. Strode Pennebaker, III
  • Patent number: 11012764
    Abstract: An identity of a container coupled to a content level sensor device is received. A plurality of signal parameters associated with the container is identified. The signal parameters are transmitted to the content level sensor device, wherein the signal parameters are indexed according to a level of content in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Nectar, Inc.
    Inventors: Prabhanjan C. Gurumohan, Aayush Phumbhra, Luke Spradlin, Krishna Gadiyaram
  • Patent number: 11002748
    Abstract: A system for managing modular analyzing devices 110a-c includes: a means 161 for acquiring the serial number of modules included in each analyzing device; a means 161 for acquiring information on an expendable part included in each module; a storage section 152 for storing the acquired serial number and expendable-part information in the state of being associated with a system controller to which the module corresponding to the serial number is connected; a transfer detector 164 for detecting a transfer of an operation module based on the serial numbers associated with each system controller; and an information manager 163 for changing the association of the expendable-part information in the storage section, from the state of being associated with the system controller on the giving end of the transfer, to the state of being associated with the system controller on the receiving end of the transfer, when the transfer is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshida, Koki Yamamoto, Teppei Kodama
  • Patent number: 10996268
    Abstract: Methods and measurements systems are disclosed relating to dynamic measurement prioritization by multiple software interfaces. A first software interface with a low priority may be conducting a first measurement on a device under test (DUT) through a driver connected to a measurement device. A second software interface with a higher priority may initiate a request to conduct a second measurement on the DUT. In response, the driver may automatically determine that the second software interface has a higher priority than the first software interface and may halt the first measurement and conduct the second measurement. The driver may notify the first software interface that its access to the measurement hardware has been revoked, and the first software interface may enter a monitoring mode to monitor the results of the second measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Kunal Patel, Tobias Gordon, Laura Nayman, Marcos Kirsch, Reid Lee, Tyler Healy
  • Patent number: 10997045
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for testing features of an embedded system. The system includes a low-powered computing device communicatively coupled to a control application interface, a sensor interface, and a robotic interface. The low-powered computing device may receive sensor signals generated during a test, provide sensor data corresponding to the sensor signals, receive commands for the test, and provide instructions for movement of a robotic handler corresponding to at least one of the commands for the test. The system also includes a computing device communicatively coupled to the control application interface, an image processing interface, and a database interface. The computing device may receive sensor data, receive image data corresponding to images of the embedded system captured during the test, receive tests capable of being performed, and provide commands for the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Y Soft Corporation, a.s.
    Inventors: Jiri Kyzlink, Vaclav Novotny, Ales Pernikar, Jakub Pavlak, Ondrej Krajicek
  • Patent number: 10989567
    Abstract: A method of operating a position encoder apparatus, including a scale having features defining position information and a readhead for reading the scale. The method includes: calculating extrapolated position information from at least one previous reading of the scale; comparing an extrapolated position with a position calculated from a reading of the scale to determine any discrepancy between them; using the extrapolated position information whether or not there is a discrepancy; and maintaining a record of any discrepancies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventor: Andrew Paul Gribble
  • Patent number: 10989574
    Abstract: A method for in-situ calibration of an analog measurement transmission path coupled with the determining and/or monitoring of a process variable of a medium is disclosed, wherein analog electrical signals are transmitted via the measurement transmission path from a control/evaluation unit to a control unit, wherein the control/evaluation unit is associated with a sensor, which determines and/or monitors the process variable based on at least one component sensitive for the process variable. The sensor is operated either in a measuring mode or in a simulation mode, wherein, in the simulation mode, the control/evaluation unit outputs for a set time span an analog electrical signal, which is unequivocally recognizable as simulated and is recognized and registered by control unit, and the calibrating of the measurement transmission path is performed, in that the control unit determines the deviation between the analog electrical signal and the registered analog electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Wetzer GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Heitz, Daniel Koch, Marc Stahl
  • Patent number: 10989837
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method in connection with a radiosonde, the method comprising measuring a humidity of the atmosphere at several different altitudes in the atmosphere, measuring a pressure at several different altitudes in the atmosphere or calculating the pressure from an altitude of the radiosonde obtained from GPS or other satellite navigation system, measuring or estimating a temperature of a humidity sensor, and measuring a relative humidity by a capacitor with a polymer insulator, wherein the relative humidity value is corrected based on a correction factor, which is a function of pressure, humidity sensor temperature, and relative humidity, such that the humidity value decreases when pressure decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Vaisala Oyj
    Inventors: Eero Hiltunen, Lars Stormbom, Petteri Survo, Jukka Leppänen
  • Patent number: 10983157
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed help to implement integrity verification of sensors and signaling lines of the sensors. According to various embodiments, this is achieved by performing an analysis of a noise signal on the signaling line and transmitting check data indicative of a result of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Hans Aschauer, Christian Peter Feist, Axel Pfau, Daniel Schneider, Rainer Falk
  • Patent number: 10983250
    Abstract: A component-based system and method is provided for generating and processing multi-dimensional gridded mesoscale meteorological projections. In embodiments, the system includes four integrated processes for data storage, retrieval, manipulation, communication, processing, and end user application tasks. Two or more components may interface for performing tasks. A data component stores, retrieves, and manipulates data utilizing functions under conditions of variable internet and non-internet connectivity. A communications component transmits and receives data to/from the data component for manipulation by the processing component. The processing component includes an artificial intelligence machine learning component and logic for manipulating the data to generate gridded mesoscale meteorological projections arrayed spatially and temporally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: James L. Regens, Quint D. Avenetti
  • Patent number: 10955586
    Abstract: An approach for forecasting local weather patterns. The approach includes a method that includes receiving, by at least one computing device, images that include weather related information. The method includes analyzing, by the at least one computing device, the images to determine particular types of weather phenomena. The method includes analyzing, by the at least one computing device, the images to determine a motion of the particular types of weather phenomena. The method includes determining, by the at least one computing device, a weather forecast based on the analyzed images and the motion of the particular types of weather phenomena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard M. Haas, Randy S. Johnson, Tedrick N. Northway, H. William Rinckel
  • Patent number: 10955331
    Abstract: Imaging or measurement methods and systems including methods and systems for finding the three-dimensional orientation and position of multiple dipole-like particles and single molecules, methods and systems for generating helical beams and helical spread functions, and methods and systems for super-resolution and super-localization of dense arrays of emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Rafael Piestun, Anurag Agrawal, Sean Quirin, Anthony Barsic, Ginni Grover
  • Patent number: 10942288
    Abstract: Methods and systems for building a calibration database. A method may comprise hanging a logging tool in air, determining a raw response from the logging tool, decoupling a Zxx component and a Zzz component from the raw response, creating a modeled component from the Zxx component and the Zzz component, calculating an offset from the modeled component, interpolating the offset, modeling a response from the logging tool with the offset, or entering the response into a database. A system may comprise a logging tool, a conveyance, and an information handling system. A calibration system may comprise a crane, a logging tool, and an information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jin Ma
  • Patent number: 10930031
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing list-mode data of single events in a PET imaging includes: acquiring list-mode data of single events of each independent detector module, calculating a probability density of time intervals between occurrences of single events in detector module and setting initial parameters, determining detection starting time difference of each detector module with iterative peak searching and graded time window, and performing synchronization correction and coincidence discrimination on the single event data in each detector module based on the detection starting time difference. A system for synchronizing list-mode data of single events in a PET imaging includes: a data acquisition and frequency difference compensation module, an initial parameter setting module, a coarse time scale coincidence module, a fine time scale coincidence module and a data synchronization correction and coincidence discrimination module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: RAYCAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (SU ZHOU)
    Inventors: Qingguo Xie, Yuanbao Chen, Jun Zhu, Xin Chen, Zhongyi Wu, Luyao Wang
  • Patent number: 10921353
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for a wide dynamic range current measurement with consumption event analysis are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes analyzing a plurality of a set of input data characteristics from a device under test. The method also includes totalizing the set of input data characteristics. The method also includes determining whether at least one of the plurality of the set of input data characteristics occurs above a quiescent level. Further, the method includes establishing an event in response to determining that at least one of the plurality of the set of input data characteristics occurs above the quiescent level. The method also includes creating a summary statistic based on the plurality of the set of input data characteristics. Further, the method includes storing the summary statistic and the event as a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew J. Borleske
  • Patent number: 10899023
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device applicable to a mechanical device provided with motors independent of One another as sources to drive motion axes, respectively, and configured to acquire a moving position of each motion axis and a disturbance torque value applied to the motion axis every predetermined period, and to diagnose a failure of the mechanical device, includes a failure diagnosis unit configured to diagnose the motion axis as a failure when the disturbance torque value is larger than a predetermined failure determination threshold, and a re-determination unit configured to conduct re-determination of the failure on the motion axis, which is diagnosed as the failure by the failure diagnosis unit, based on a previous maintenance record and a previous inspection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Kuno, Toshimichi Urakawa, Toru Takagi
  • Patent number: 10901019
    Abstract: A battery pack monitoring apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a voltage measurement system configured to couple to opposed ends of each of a plurality of blocks of a battery pack and to measure voltages thereof, the blocks being coupled in series by interconnects each having an interconnect resistance. The voltage measurement system is configured to derive an internal resistance of each of the plurality of blocks based upon the voltages of the opposed ends of each of the plurality of blocks and based upon a measurement of current of the battery pack and derive the interconnect resistance of each of the interconnects based upon the voltages of the opposed ends of each of the plurality of blocks and based upon the measurement of current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Atieva, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Biskup, Sam Chang
  • Patent number: 10883833
    Abstract: Determining a vertical location of a hand-held computing device. At least some of the example embodiments are computer-implemented methods including: generating an estimate of expected vertical location based on items of beacon data received from beacons by a radio receiver of the hand-held computing device, generating an error covariance of the estimate of expected vertical location based on the items of beacon data, calculating a level normalized change based on measurements of barometric pressure by a pressure sensor of the hand-held computing device, calculating the vertical location of the hand-held computing device based on the level normalized change, the error covariance of the estimate of expected vertical location, and the estimate of expected vertical location, and activating a relevant map for a level comprising the vertical location and displaying the vertical location on a display device of the hand-held computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: POINTR LIMITED
    Inventors: Ismail Ege Akpinar, Can Tunca, Sinan Isik, Mehmet Can Akpinar
  • Patent number: 10866216
    Abstract: Operational configuration and temperature compensation methods are provided for bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator devices suitable for operating with liquids. Temperature compensation methods dispense with a need for temperature sensing, instead utilizing a relationship between (i) change in frequency of a BAW resonator at a phase with adequate sensitivity and (ii) change in frequency of a phase that is correlated to temperature. Operational configuration methods include determination of an initial phase response of a BAW resonator in which temperature coefficient of frequency is zero, followed by comparison of sensitivity to a level of detection threshold for a phenomenon of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Qorvo Biotechnologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Morton, Kevin McCarron
  • Patent number: 10866222
    Abstract: A compound-weight time-series data calculator creates a compound spectrum matrix based on standard mass spectra of various compounds stored in a standard mass spectrum library. Then, the calculator determines, in the form of a linear regression model, the relationship of the matrix, a measured vector based on the data acquired at one measurement time point, and a compound weight vector at the measurement time point, and estimates the unknown weight vector by a minimum norm estimation in which a regularizer is introduced. A compound-weight time-series graph creator creates a compound-weight time-series graph showing a temporal change in weight for each target compound, based on the compound weight vector obtained at the measurement time points within a specified time range. A peak which appears on this graph is used for the quantitative determination of the compound or determination on the presence or absence of the compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryota Aisu