Patents by Inventor Andrew Timothy Patten

Andrew Timothy Patten has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200264033
    Abstract: Methods for operating a flowmeter diagnostic tool are provided that comprise interfacing the diagnostic tool with a flowmeter (5) sensor assembly (10). A base prover volume (BPV), a desired number of passes per run, and/or a maximum number of allowed runs may be input into the diagnostic tool. Flowmeter data is received. An estimated total prove time (TPT) necessary to pass a predetermined repeatability requirement, an estimated minimum number of runs needed to achieve the calculated TPT, and/or an estimated minimum BPV may be calculated. A standard deviation of the flowmeter sensor assembly flow rate (?) is calculated, and the number of samples used to calculate a is determined. A meter-specific factor (MSF) is calculated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Allan BUTTLER, Andrew Timothy PATTEN, James S. DEACY
  • Patent number: 10466087
    Abstract: A method for calculating a fluid parameter of a fluid flowing through a vibratory flow meter is provided. The method comprises vibrating the flow meter at one or more frequencies and receiving a vibrational response. The method further comprises generating a first fluid property and generating at least a second fluid property. The method further comprises calculating a fluid parameter based on the first fluid property and the at least second fluid property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Weinstein, Mark James Bell, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Publication number: 20190234784
    Abstract: A method of automatically verifying accurate operation of a flowmeter during field operation is provided that comprises providing a flowmeter having meter electronics with a storage system, and flowing a non-calibration process fluid through the flowmeter. Meter electronics are configured to perform the steps of: detecting a model of the flowmeter as well as retrieving an initial factory calibration factory zero value and a stored zero drift specification from the storage system. A zero value is measured during field operation of the flowmeter and compared with the factory zero value. An error zero value is calculated. Whether the error between the field operation zero value and the factory zero value is within the zero drift specification is determined, and the flowmeter is calibrated if the error is outside the zero drift specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Timothy PATTEN
  • Publication number: 20170254688
    Abstract: A method for operating a flowmeter is provided. The method includes the steps of measuring a fluid flow in the flowmeter, determining at least one fluid characteristic, determining a preferred algorithm of a plurality of algorithms based upon the fluid flow and the at least one fluid characteristic, and applying the preferred algorithm to an operating routine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy PATTEN, Anthony William Pankratz, Dean M. Standiford, Aart R Pruysen
  • Patent number: 9719838
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) includes a first flow conduit (201) conducting a first flow stream and a pair of first pickoff sensors (215, 215?) affixed to the first flow conduit (201). The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) further includes at least one additional flow conduit (202) conducting at least one additional flow stream and at least one pair of additional pickoff sensors (216, 216?) affixed to the at least one additional flow conduit (202).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Paul Stack, Andrew Timothy Patten, Gregory Treat Lanham, Mark James Bell
  • Patent number: 9470568
    Abstract: A mass flow rate sensor system (200) is provided. The mass flow rate sensor system (200) includes a density meter (202) including a sensor assembly (204a) and a density meter electronics (204b) configured to generate a density measurement of a process fluid. The mass flow rate sensor system (200) further includes a volumetric flow meter (203) including a sensor assembly (205a) and a volumetric meter electronics (205b) configured to generate a volumetric flow rate of the process fluid and in electrical communication with the density meter electronics (204b). A remote processing system (207) is provided that is in electrical communication with only one of the density meter electronics (204b) or the volumetric meter electronics (205b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Patten, Ruth Galic-Mackall, Anna Pishchulina
  • Patent number: 9400203
    Abstract: A vibratory flow meter (5, 300) is provided. The vibratory flow meter (5, 300) includes a flow meter assembly (10, 310) including at least two vibration sensors (170L and 170R, 303 and 305) that generate at least two vibrational signals and meter electronics (20, 320) that receives the at least two vibrational signals, generate a new time difference (?t) using multiple time difference measurements obtained for a flow material, and determine if the new time difference (?t) is within predetermined bounds of an old time difference (?t0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Patten, Paul J. Hays, Stephanie A. Lane
  • Publication number: 20150068271
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) includes a first flow conduit (201) conducting a first flow stream and a pair of first pickoff sensors (215, 215?) affixed to the first flow conduit (201). The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) further includes at least one additional flow conduit (202) conducting at least one additional flow stream and at least one pair of additional pickoff sensors (216, 216?) affixed to the at least one additional flow conduit (202).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Paul Stack, Andrew Timothy Patten, Gregory Treat Lanham, Mark James Bell
  • Publication number: 20150013474
    Abstract: A mass flow rate sensor system (200) is provided. The mass flow rate sensor system (200) includes a density meter (202) including a sensor assembly (204a) and a density meter electronics (204b) configured to generate a density measurement of a process fluid. The mass flow rate sensor system (200) further includes a volumetric flow meter (203) including a sensor assembly (205a) and a volumetric meter electronics (205b) configured to generate a volumetric flow rate of the process fluid and in electrical communication with the density meter electronics (204b). A remote processing system (207) is provided that is in electrical communication with only one of the density meter electronics (204b) or the volumetric meter electronics (205b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Patten, Ruth Galic-Mackall, Anna Pishchulina
  • Patent number: 8919181
    Abstract: A multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) includes a first flow conduit (201) conducting a first flow stream and a pair of first pickoff sensors (215, 215?) affixed to the first flow conduit (201). The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) further includes at least one additional flow conduit (202) conducting at least one additional flow stream and at least one pair of additional pickoff sensors (216, 216?) affixed to the at least one additional flow conduit (202). The at least one additional flow stream is independent of the first flow stream. The multiple flow conduit flow meter (200) further includes a common driver (220) configured to vibrate both the first flow conduit (201) and the at least one additional flow conduit (202) in order to generate a first vibrational response and at least one additional vibrational response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Paul Stack, Andrew Timothy Patten, Gregory Treat Lanham, Mark James Bell
  • Publication number: 20140137626
    Abstract: A vibratory flow meter (5, 300) is provided. The vibratory flow meter (5, 300) includes a flow meter assembly (10, 310) including at least two vibration sensors (170L and 170R, 303 and 305) that generate at least two vibrational signals and meter electronics (20, 320) that receives the at least two vibrational signals, generate a new time difference (?t) using multiple time difference measurements obtained for a flow material, and determine if the new time difference (?t) is within predetermined bounds of an old time difference (?t0).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Patten, Paul J. Hays, Stephanie A. Lane
  • Patent number: 8573067
    Abstract: A flow meter (200) is provided that comprises a curved flow tube (203) and a balance member (250). The balance member (250) is positioned such that a centerline (341) of the balance member (250) lies on a plane of a centerline (340) of the curved flow tube (203). The flow meter (200) also includes a driver (104) including a first driver component (104a) and a second driver component (104b). The first driver component (104a) is coupled to the curved flow tube (203) while the second driver component (104b) is coupled to the balance member (250) proximate the first driver component (104a). The flow meter (200) also includes at least a first pick-off sensor (105). The first pick-off sensor (105) includes a first pick-off component (105a) and a second pick-off component (105b). The first pick-off component (105a) is coupled to the curved flow tube (203) while the second pick-off component (105b) is coupled to the balance member (250) proximate the first pick-off component (105a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Treat Lanham, Christopher A Werbach, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Patent number: 8302489
    Abstract: A vibratory flow meter (5) for measuring flow characteristics of a three phase flow is provided according to the invention. The vibratory flow meter (5) includes a meter assembly (10) including pickoff sensors (105, 105?) and meter electronics (20) coupled to the pickoff sensors (105, 105?). The meter electronics (20) is configured to receive a vibrational response from the pickoff sensors (105, 105), generate a first density measurement of the three phase flow using a first frequency component of the vibrational response, and generate at least a second density measurement of the three phase flow using at least a second frequency component of the vibrational response. The at least second frequency component is a different frequency than the first frequency component. The meter electronics (20) is further configured to determine one or more flow characteristics from the first density measurement and the at least second density measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark James Bell, Craig B McAnally, Richard L St. Pierre, Jr., Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Patent number: 8280651
    Abstract: Meter electronics (20) for a flow meter (5) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The meter electronics (20) includes an interface (201) for receiving a vibrational response from the flow meter (5) and a processing system (203) in communication with the interface (201). The vibrational response is a response to a vibration of the flow meter (5) at a substantially resonant frequency. The processing system (203) is configured to receive the vibrational response from the interface (201), determine a frequency (?0) of the vibrational response, determine a response voltage (V) and a drive current (I) of the vibrational response, measure a decay characteristic (?) of the flow meter (5), and determine the stiffness parameter (K) from the frequency (?0), the response voltage (V), the drive current (I), and the decay characteristic (?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Rensing, Andrew Timothy Patten, Timothy J. Cunningham, Mark James Bell
  • Publication number: 20120055260
    Abstract: A flow meter (200) is provided that comprises a curved flow tube (203) and a balance member (250). The balance member (250) is positioned such that a centerline (341) of the balance member (250) lies on a plane of a centerline (340) of the curved flow tube (203). The flow meter (200) also includes a driver (104) including a first driver component (104a) and a second driver component (104b). The first driver component (104a) is coupled to the curved flow tube (203) while the second driver component (104b) is coupled to the balance member (250) proximate the first driver component (104a). The flow meter (200) also includes at least a first pick-off sensor (105). The first pick-off sensor (105) includes a first pick-off component (105a) and a second pick-off component (105b). The first pick-off component (105a) is coupled to the curved flow tube (203) while the second pick-off component (105b) is coupled to the balance member (250) proximate the first pick-off component (105a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Treat Lanham, Christopher A Werbach, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Publication number: 20110264385
    Abstract: A method for calculating a fluid parameter of a fluid flowing through a vibratory flow meter is provided. The method comprises vibrating the flow meter at one or more frequencies and receiving a vibrational response. The method further comprises generating a first fluid property and generating at least a second fluid property. The method further comprises calculating a fluid parameter based on the first fluid property and the at least second fluid property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Joel Weinstein, Mark James Bell, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Publication number: 20110178738
    Abstract: Meter electronics (20) for a flow meter (5) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The meter electronics (20) includes an interface (201) for receiving a vibrational response from the flow meter (5) and a processing system (203) in communication with the interface (201). The vibrational response is a response to a vibration of the flow meter (5) at a substantially resonant frequency. The processing system (203) is configured to receive the vibrational response from the interface (201), determine a frequency (?0) of the vibrational response, determine a response voltage (V) and a drive current (I) of the vibrational response, measure a decay characteristic (?) of the flow meter (5), and determine the stiffness parameter (K) from the frequency (?0), the response voltage (V), the drive current (I), and the decay characteristic (?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph RENSING, Andrew Timothy PATTEN, Timothy J. CUNNINGHAM, Mark James BELL
  • Patent number: 7974792
    Abstract: Meter electronics (20) for determining a liquid flow fraction in a gas flow material flowing through a flow meter (5) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The meter electronics (20) includes an interface (201) for receiving a first sensor signal and a second sensor signal from the flow meter (5) and a processing system (203) in communication with the interface (201). The processing system (203) is configured to receive the first and second sensor signals from the interface (201), determine a substantially instantaneous flow stream density of the gas flow material using the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal, compare the substantially instantaneous flow stream density to at least one of a predetermined gas density that is representative of a gas flow fraction of the gas flow material and a predetermined liquid density that is representative of a liquid flow fraction, and determine the liquid flow fraction from the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Graeme Ralph Duffill, Steven M. Jones, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Patent number: 7938021
    Abstract: A compact vibratory flowmeter (200) for measuring flow characteristics of a cement flow material at a cement flow material pressure of greater than about 10 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) is provided according to an embodiment of the invention. The compact vibratory flowmeter (200) includes at least two pickoff sensors (308) and a driver (309). The compact vibratory flowmeter (200) further includes one or more flow conduits (301). The at least two pickoff sensors (308) are affixed to the one or more flow conduits (301) and the driver (309) is configured to vibrate the one or more flow conduits (301). The one or more flow conduits (301) include a drive frequency that is less than about 200 Hertz (Hz) and a frequency ratio of the drive frequency to a fluid resonant frequency of the cement flow material that is less than about 0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony William Pankratz, Mark James Bell, Andrew Timothy Patten
  • Publication number: 20110029259
    Abstract: A method for detecting a deviation in a flow meter parameter of a flow meter that is adapted to measure a fluid flow rate is provided. The method comprises measuring a differential pressure across at least a portion of the flow meter. The method further comprises comparing the measured differential pressure to an expected differential pressure; the expected differential pressure being based on the measured flow rate. The method further comprises detecting a deviation in the flow meter parameter if the difference between the measured differential pressure and the expected differential pressure exceeds a threshold limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: MICRO MOTION INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J Cunningham, Andrew Timothy Patten