Patents by Inventor Craig B. McAnally

Craig B. McAnally 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).

  • Patent number: 10663386
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vibration of a vibratory element based on a phase error is provided. The method includes vibrating the vibratory element with a drive signal, receiving a vibration signal from the vibratory element, measuring a phase difference between the drive signal and the vibration signal, determining a phase error between a target phase difference and the measured phase difference, and calculating one or more vibration control terms with the determined phase error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S Kravitz, Craig B McAnally
  • Patent number: 10598525
    Abstract: A method for validating a sensor assembly of a meter is provided. The method comprises a step of receiving one or more sensor calibration values. The method further comprises a step of comparing the received sensor calibration values to one or more known sensor calibration values. The method can then validate the sensor assembly if the one or more received sensor calibration values are within a predetermined tolerance of the one or more known sensor calibration values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally
  • Patent number: 10527534
    Abstract: A method (900, 1000) of determining a vibration response parameter of a vibratory element (104) is provided. The method (900, 1000) includes vibrating the vibratory element (104) at a first frequency with a first drive signal, receiving a first vibration signal from the vibratory element (104) vibrated at the first frequency, measuring a first phase difference, the first phase difference being a phase difference between the first drive signal and the first vibration signal. The method (900, 1000) also includes vibrating the vibratory element (104) at a second frequency with a second drive signal, receiving a second vibration signal from the vibratory element (104) vibrated at the second frequency, measuring a second phase difference, the second phase difference being a phase difference between the second drive signal and the second vibration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig B McAnally, Andrew S Kravitz
  • Patent number: 10303633
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mode of a device is provided. The method includes determining a Vbus voltage on a Vbus pin in a USB connector on the device, comparing the Vbus voltage with a threshold, and configuring the device based on the comparison of the Vbus voltage and the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally, William M Mansfield, Brian T Smith
  • Patent number: 10274409
    Abstract: A vibratory sensor (5) includes a vibratory element (104), a receiver circuit (134) that receives a vibration signal from the vibratory element (104), and a drive circuit (138) that generates a drive signal. The drive circuit (138) includes a closed-loop drive (143) and an open-loop drive (147). The meter electronics (20) vibrates the vibratory element (104) commencing at a commanded first frequency and in an open-loop manner to achieve a first target phase difference ?1 for a fluid being characterized and determines a corresponding first frequency point ?1, vibrates the vibratory element (104) commencing at a commanded second frequency and in the open-loop manner to achieve a second target phase difference ?2 and determines a corresponding second frequency point ?2, and determines a viscosity of the fluid being characterized using the first frequency point ?1 and the second frequency point ?2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S Kravitz, Craig B McAnally
  • Publication number: 20190120740
    Abstract: A vibratory sensor (5) includes a vibratory element (104), a receiver circuit (134) that receives a vibration signal from the vibratory element (104), and a drive circuit (138) that generates a drive signal. The drive circuit (138) includes a closed-loop drive (143) and an open-loop drive (147). The meter electronics (20) vibrates the vibratory element (104) commencing at a commanded first frequency and in an open-loop manner to achieve a first target phase difference ?1 for a fluid being characterized and determines a corresponding first frequency point ?1, vibrates the vibratory element (104) commencing at a commanded second frequency and in the open-loop manner to achieve a second target phase difference ?2 and determines a corresponding second frequency point ?2, and determines a viscosity of the fluid being characterized using the first frequency point ?1 and the second frequency point ?2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Kravitz, Craig B. McAnally
  • Patent number: 10240960
    Abstract: A method for reducing an error rate is provided. The method includes obtaining a first analog signal representing a first kinematic property of a first position with a sensor, obtaining a second analog signal representing a second kinematic property of the first position, digitizing the first analog signal into a first digital signal, and digitizing the second analog signal into a second digital signal. The method also includes combining the first digital signal and the second digital signal into a combined signal such that an error rate of the combined signal is less than an error rate of one of the first digital signal and the second digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally
  • Patent number: 10184870
    Abstract: A vibratory sensor (5) includes a vibratory element (104) configured to generate a vibration signal and a meter electronics (20) coupled to the vibratory element (104) and receiving the vibration signal, with the meter electronics (20) including a gain stage (150) coupled to the vibratory element (104) and receiving the vibration signal, with the gain stage (150) amplifying the vibration signal by a predetermined gain to generate a saturated vibration signal, and a signal processor (156) coupled to the gain stage (150), with a first input (161) of the signal processor (156) receiving the saturated vibration signal and determining a vibration signal frequency from the saturated vibration signal and with a second input (162) of the signal processor (156) receiving the vibration signal and determining a vibration signal amplitude from the vibration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Kravitz, Craig B McAnally
  • Patent number: 10168264
    Abstract: A method (600) of generating a drive signal for a vibratory sensor (5) is provided. The method (600) includes vibrating a vibratory element (104, 510) configured to provide a vibration signal, receiving the vibration signal from the vibratory element (104, 510) with a receiver circuit (134), generating a drive signal that vibrates the vibratory element (104, 510) with a driver circuit (138) coupled to the receiver circuit (134) and the vibratory element (104, 510), and comparing a phase of the generated drive signal with a phase of the vibration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig B McAnally, Andrew S. Kravitz
  • Publication number: 20180219556
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a synthetic time period output signal for a fork density sensor (601) which produces a consistent and low-noise output signal (705) which is identical in frequency to the frequency at which the fork density meter vibrates. Such a synthetic Analog signal generated by a meter signal prevents any real noise from the pickoffs from propagating to the output meter and removes process noise and interference from the produced output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Kravitz, Craig B. McAnally
  • Patent number: 9979380
    Abstract: A method for optimizing processor operation in a processing system including one or more digital filters is provided according to the invention. The method includes generating initial filter coefficients for the one or more digital filters of the processing system, determining one or more initial filter coefficients for at least one digital filter of the one or more digital filters that can be dropped and dropping the one or more initial filter coefficients. Dropping the one or more initial filter coefficients reduces a total number of filter coefficients to be used by the processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig B McAnally, Paul J Hays
  • Publication number: 20170343458
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vibration of a vibratory element based on a phase error is provided. The method includes vibrating the vibratory element with a drive signal, receiving a vibration signal from the vibratory element, measuring a phase difference between the drive signal and the vibration signal, determining a phase error between a target phase difference and the measured phase difference, and calculating one or more vibration control terms with the determined phase error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S KRAVITZ, Craig B McAnally
  • Publication number: 20170336309
    Abstract: A method (900, 1000) of determining a vibration response parameter of a vibratory element (104) is provided. The method (900, 1000) includes vibrating the vibratory element (104) at a first frequency with a first drive signal, receiving a first vibration signal from the vibratory element (104) vibrated at the first frequency, measuring a first phase difference, the first phase difference being a phase difference between the first drive signal and the first vibration signal. The method (900, 1000) also includes vibrating the vibratory element (104) at a second frequency with a second drive signal, receiving a second vibration signal from the vibratory element (104) vibrated at the second frequency, measuring a second phase difference, the second phase difference being a phase difference between the second drive signal and the second vibration signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig B MCANALLY, Andrew S. Kravitz
  • Publication number: 20170254690
    Abstract: A method for reducing an error rate is provided. The method includes obtaining a first analog signal representing a first kinematic property of a first position with a sensor, obtaining a second analog signal representing a second kinematic property of the first position, digitizing the first analog signal into a first digital signal, and digitizing the second analog signal into a second digital signal. The method also includes combining the first digital signal and the second digital signal into a combined signal such that an error rate of the combined signal is less than an error rate of one of the first digital signal and the second digital signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally
  • Publication number: 20170242707
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mode of a device is provided. The method includes determining a Vbus voltage on a Vbus pin in a USB connector on the device, comparing the Vbus voltage with a threshold, and configuring the device based on the comparison of the Vbus voltage and the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J HAYS, Craig B McAnally, William M Mansfield, Brian T Smith
  • Patent number: 9534939
    Abstract: A flameproof feed-through (200) includes a feed-through element (210) comprising a substantially planar shape, a first interface region (211), and a second interface region (212), wherein one or more conductors (217) extend between the first interface region (211) and the second interface region (212). The flameproof feed-through (200) further includes one or more body portions (220) assembled to the feed-through element (210), with the one or more body portions (220) holding the feed-through element (210) in position with respect to the aperture. The first interface region (211) of the feed-through element (210) extends at least partially to a first side (201) of the flameproof feed-through (200) and wherein the second interface region (212) of the feed-through element (210) extends at least partially to a second side (202) of the flameproof feed-through (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: William M Mansfield, Craig B McAnally, Shaun E Shanahan, Richard L Woolf
  • Patent number: 9448124
    Abstract: A multiple temperature sensor system (120) includes a temperature sensor network (180) including temperature-sensing resistors RT1 and RT2 (186, 187) and frequency-selective filters (184, 185) coupled to the plurality of temperature-sensing resistors RT1 and RT2 (186, 187). The frequency-selective filters (184, 185) pass distinct time-varying signals into the temperature sensor network (180) and pass attenuated distinct time-varying signals out. The system (120) further includes a temperature measurement N controller (161) coupled to the temperature sensor network (180) and configured to inject the distinct time-varying signals into the temperature sensor network (180), receive the attenuated distinct time-varying signals in response to the injection, with the attenuated distinct time-varying signals being attenuated by the temperature sensing resistors (186, 187), and generate two or more substantially simultaneous temperature values from the attenuated distinct time-varying signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B. McAnally, Andrew S. Kravitz
  • Patent number: 9395236
    Abstract: A vibratory meter (5) is provided, including one or more flow conduits (103), one or more pickoff sensors (105, 105?), and a driver (104). Meter electronics (20) is configured to vibrate the one or more flow conduits (103) using a drive signal including an initial vibration frequency and to receive a pickoff sensor signal from the one or more pickoff sensors (105, 105?) in response, iteratively offset a phase difference between the drive signal and the pickoff sensor signal by a predetermined phase increment and measure a resulting vibrational frequency and amplitude, with the offsetting operatively sweeping the vibration frequency over a predetermined vibration frequency range and therefore generating a plurality of vibration amplitudes and a corresponding plurality of vibration frequencies, and determine a substantially maximum amplitude response in the plurality of vibration amplitudes and designate the corresponding vibration frequency as comprising the resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig B McAnally, Andrew S Kravitz
  • Patent number: 9354097
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, method, and computer program product for generating a drive signal for a vibrating measuring device (5). A drive chain (C1, C2, C3, CN) is selected from at least two drive chains (C1, C2, C3, CN). Each drive chain (C1, C2, C3, CN) modifies at least one pick-off signal to generate the drive signal. Each drive chain (C1, C2, C3, CN) generates a different mode of vibration in the at least one conduit (103A). The drive signal generated by the selected drive chain (C1, C2, C3, CN) is provided to a drive (104) of the vibrating measuring device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig B. McAnally
  • Publication number: 20160109345
    Abstract: A vibratory sensor (5) includes a vibratory element (104) configured to generate a vibration signal and a meter electronics (20) coupled to the vibratory element (104) and receiving the vibration signal, with the meter electronics (20) including a gain stage (150) coupled to the vibratory element (104) and receiving the vibration signal, with the gain stage (150) amplifying the vibration signal by a predetermined gain to generate a saturated vibration signal, and a signal processor (156) coupled to the gain stage (150), with a first input (161) of the signal processor (156) receiving the saturated vibration signal and determining a vibration signal frequency from the saturated vibration signal and with a second input (162) of the signal processor (156) receiving the vibration signal and determining a vibration signal amplitude from the vibration signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S KRAVITZ, Craig B McAnally