Patents by Inventor Martin Hurlimann

Martin Hurlimann 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: 20220126474
    Abstract: A device for processing drinks closure caps having at least one cutting unit with at least one cutting blade and a detection unit which, in turn, has a camera as well as at least one conveying device forming a transport path to and from the cutting unit is disclosed. In order to solve the problems of known devices, the detection unit has an optical system and is arranged operatively downstream of the cutting unit such that it fully captures the inner wall of a drinks closure cap located in its field of vision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicants: FINATEC HOLDING AG, PACKSYS GLOBAL AG
    Inventors: Attila BRUNOLD, Pascal FRIEDL, Martin HURLIMANN, Simon KESSLER, Dominik ROTH, Pascal CHOQUARD
  • Publication number: 20220120931
    Abstract: An NMR well logging tool is provided that includes a sensor and associated electronic circuitry. The sensor includes an array of RF antenna elements. The electronic circuitry includes at least one low-power integrated circuit and a plurality of high-power modules corresponding the RF antenna elements of the array. Each high-power module is coupled to a corresponding RF antenna element of the array and includes an RF amplifier that is configured to amplify RF pulses generated by the at least one low-power integrated circuit and supplied thereto for transmission by the corresponding antenna element. In embodiments, the RF amplifier of each high-power module can include an H-bridge circuit or other suitable RF amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Yi-Qiao Song, Yiqiao Tang, Shin Utsuzawa, Tancredi Botto, Irfan Bulu, Martin Hurlimann
  • Publication number: 20220035065
    Abstract: A method can include performing an operation using a system where the operation depends on a decision made via a digital decision model stored in memory of the system; responsive to a decision state of the digital decision model, transmitting a request to update the digital decision model; and responsive to the request, receiving an updated digital decision model, where the updated digital decision model includes at least one new decision state that improves performance of the operation of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Yiqiao Tang, Yi-Qiao Song, Martin Hurlimann, Yanxian Lin
  • Publication number: 20220034736
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for testing a connection of a guarantee strip (3.1) of a security seal of a closure lid (1.1) having a lid main body (2.1), which device comprises a driver element (180) for gripping the guarantee strip (3.1) and a stop element (780) for the lid main body (2.1). The driver element (180) and the stop element (170) are movable relative to each other such that a tear-off force can be exerted on the guarantee strip (3.1). The device (100) also comprises a force-measuring device (171), for measuring the tear-off force during the relative movement of the guarantee strip (3.1) and the lid main body (2.1), and a separating device (191, 192) for severing the guarantee strip (3.1) after it has been tom off from the lid main body (2.1). This allows the guarantee strip (3.1) to be severed and thereby results in a considerable simplification of the removal of the guarantee strip (3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Applicant: PACKSYS GLOBAL AG
    Inventors: Gregor BURRI, Martin HÜRLIMANN
  • Publication number: 20210199838
    Abstract: A method can include accessing a measurement model in memory of a downhole tool; determining an optimal parameter set using a processor of the downhole tool and the measurement model; and performing at least one measurement using at least one sensor of the downhole tool operated according to the optimal parameter set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Yiqiao Tang, Yi-Qiao Song, Nicholas Heaton, Martin Hurlimann, Scott DiPasquale, Diogenes Molina, Albina Rishatovna Mutina
  • Publication number: 20200301039
    Abstract: Small-sized flowlines are provided for use in NMR apparatus. The small-sized flowlines can have a channel with an inner diameter or maximum width of less than 0.2 inch and can be made of sapphire, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), or extruded polyether ether ketone (PEEK), which are useful in high temperature, high pressure environments such as downhole in a geological formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yiqiao Tang, Yi-Qiao Song, Martin Hurlimann, Christopher Harrison, Marcus Hofheins Donaldson, Mark Flaum
  • Patent number: 10684236
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for finding indications of at least one of a water fraction, a hydrocarbon fraction, water conductivity, and water salinity of a fluid. The fluid is within a flow line that extends through a resonator. The flow line is subjected to microwaves at multiple microwave frequencies injected into the resonator, with electric field lines parallel to the fluid flow line. A power detector is used at an output of the resonator, and a peak power and associated resonance frequency are used to find the indication(s) which may be plotted and displayed. In one embodiment, the resonator is a dual loop-gap resonator, and the microwave frequencies are generated by a microwave sweeper source at approximately 1 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin Hurlimann, Joseph P. Tomanic
  • Publication number: 20200174153
    Abstract: Downhole properties of a geological formation may be determined using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements obtained by a moving tool. To do so, an interpretation of the NMR data obtained by the moving data may take into account a moving model, characterization, or calibration of the downhole NMR tool. Additionally or alternatively, a partial interpretation mask may exclude interpretation of certain areas of data (e.g., T1-T2 data points or diffusion-T2 data points) that are expected to be less likely to describe downhole materials of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Yi-Qiao Song, Ravinath Kausik Kadayam Viswanathan, Martin Hurlimann, Vivek Anand, Albina Mutina
  • Patent number: 10444397
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) properties of subsurface formations includes a magnet for pre-polarizing nuclear spins in the formations. A plurality of transmitter antennas is spaced apart along a length of the apparatus. The apparatus includes at least one of a receiver circuit selectively coupled to at least one of the plurality of transmitter antennas and a separate receiver antenna. The apparatus includes circuitry for applying radio frequency current pulses selectively to each of the plurality of transmitter antennas such that during a NMR measurement sequence while the apparatus is moving substantially only those of the plurality of transmitter antennas having radio frequency current pulses applied thereto are disposed longitudinally along a same region of interest in the subsurface formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin Hurlimann, Irfan Bulu, Yi-Qiao Song
  • Publication number: 20190271224
    Abstract: A method for making NMR measurements includes, in one embodiment, using an NMR tool to acquire NMR measurements that are effected by relative motion of the NMR tool and/or the specimen under investigation. The NMR tool may include a plurality of permanent magnets and a plurality of radio frequency (RF) coils. The relative motion is estimated and used to modify an NMR inversion kernel which is in turn used to transform the NMR measurements into motion-corrected NMR measurements. Corresponding systems, devices, and apparatuses are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Shin Utsuzawa, Martin Hurlimann, Lukasz Zielinski, Haitao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10301924
    Abstract: A method for correcting motion-effects from a downhole measurement includes, in one embodiment, determining relative motion of a downhole logging tool for a given logging operation in a borehole formed in an earth formation, determining a motion induced signal decay (MID) based upon the determined relative motion, determining a motion-effect inversion kernel (MEK) based upon the determined MID, using the downhole logging tool to acquire measurements that are affected by motion of the downhole logging tool during the logging operation, and using the MEK to process the acquired motion-affected measurements to obtain motion-corrected data. Corresponding systems, devices, and apparatuses are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shin Utsuzawa, Martin Hurlimann, Lukasz Zielinski, Haitao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10114142
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for investigating a downhole formation using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) tool having two or more radio frequency receiving coils. While the tool is moving through the borehole, the formation is magnetized and resulting signals are obtained. In accordance with the present approach, the acquired signals can be resolved azimuthally and can be reconstructed to obtain an indication of a parameter of the formation at multiple locations along the length of the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Lalitha Venkataramanan, Robert Callan, Lukasz Zielinski, Martin Hurlimann, Timothy Andrew John Hopper
  • Patent number: 10061048
    Abstract: Methods for analyzing a formation samples using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) are described herein. One method includes performing an NMR measurement of the formation sample to obtain NMR data. The NMR measurement detects NMR signals with echo times of less than or equal to 100 microseconds. The NMR data is analyzed to determine a measure of organic hydrogen content of the formation sample, such as (i) total organic hydrogen content, (ii) kerogen content, (iii) bitumen content, and/or (iv) oil content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi-Qiao Song, Albina Rishatovna Mutina, Ravinath Kausik Kadayam Viswanathan, Martin Hurlimann
  • Patent number: 10041893
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying one or more transition characteristics in a hydrocarbon fluid such as asphaltene onset pressure (AOP), bubble point or dew point. A transition characteristic is determined by subjecting the fluid to different pressures or temperatures, conducting NMR tests at the different pressures or temperatures to obtain signals, processing the signals to obtain values of a function of an NMR parameter as a function of pressure or temperature, and analyzing the values to find a discontinuity that identifies the transition characteristic. In embodiments, the NMR parameters may include at least one of a relaxation parameter such as T2 or a T1-T2 ratio, a diffusion parameter and an initial magnetization parameter. In embodiments, dual linear fitting, Bayesian change point detection algorithms, and instantaneous slope analysis may be utilized to analyze the values in order to find a discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcus Hofheins Donaldson, Denise Freed, Martin Hurlimann, Yi-Qiao Song, Lalitha Venkataramanan
  • Publication number: 20180149765
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) properties of subsurface formations includes a magnet for pre-polarizing nuclear spins in the formations. A plurality of transmitter antennas is spaced apart along a length of the apparatus. The apparatus includes at least one of a receiver circuit selectively coupled to at least one of the plurality of transmitter antennas and a separate receiver antenna. The apparatus includes circuitry for applying radio frequency current pulses selectively to each of the plurality of transmitter antennas such that during a NMR measurement sequence while the apparatus is moving substantially only those of the plurality of transmitter antennas having radio frequency current pulses applied thereto are disposed longitudinally along a same region of interest in the subsurface formations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Martin Hurlimann, Irfan Bulu, Yi-Qiao Song
  • Publication number: 20170176627
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for investigating a downhole formation using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) tool having two or more radio frequency receiving coils. While the tool is moving through the borehole, the formation is magnetized and resulting signals are obtained. In accordance with the present approach, the acquired signals can be resolved azimuthally and can be reconstructed to obtain an indication of a parameter of the formation at multiple locations along the length of the borehole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Lalitha Venkataramanan, Robert Callan, Lukasz Zielinski, Martin Hurlimann, Timothy Andrew John Hopper
  • Publication number: 20160334343
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for finding indications of at least one of a water fraction, a hydrocarbon fraction, water conductivity, and water salinity of a fluid. The fluid is within a flow line that extends through a resonator. The flow line is subjected to microwaves at multiple microwave frequencies injected into the resonator, with electric field lines parallel to the fluid flow line. A power detector is used at an output of the resonator, and a peak power and associated resonance frequency are used to find the indication(s) which may be plotted and displayed. In one embodiment, the resonator is a dual loop-gap resonator, and the microwave frequencies are generated by a microwave sweeper source at approximately 1 GHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Martin HURLIMANN, Joseph P. TOMANIC
  • Publication number: 20160202384
    Abstract: A method for correcting motion-effects from a downhole measurement includes, in one embodiment, determining relative motion of a downhole logging tool for a given logging operation in a borehole formed in an earth formation, determining a motion induced signal decay (MID) based upon the determined relative motion, determining a motion-effect inversion kernel (MEK) based upon the determined MID, using the downhole logging tool to acquire measurements that are affected by motion of the downhole logging tool during the logging operation, and using the MEK to process the acquired motion-affected measurements to obtain motion-corrected data. Corresponding systems, devices, and apparatuses are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shin Utsuzawa, Martin Hurlimann, Lukasz Zielinski, Haitao Zhang
  • Publication number: 20160178545
    Abstract: Methods are provided for identifying one or more transition characteristics in a hydrocarbon fluid such as asphaltene onset pressure (AOP), bubble point or dew point. A transition characteristic is determined by subjecting the fluid to different pressures or temperatures, conducting NMR tests at the different pressures or temperatures to obtain signals, processing the signals to obtain values of a function of an NMR parameter as a function of pressure or temperature, and analyzing the values to find a discontinuity that identifies the transition characteristic. In embodiments, the NMR parameters may include at least one of a relaxation parameter such as T2 or a T1-T2 ratio, a diffusion parameter and an initial magnetization parameter. In embodiments, dual linear fitting, Bayesian change point detection algorithms, and instantaneous slope analysis may be utilized to analyze the values in order to find a discontinuity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Marcus Hofheins DONALDSON, Denise FREED, Martin HURLIMANN, Yi-Qiao SONG, Lalitha VENKATARAMANAN
  • Publication number: 20150022202
    Abstract: Methods for analyzing a formation samples using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) are described herein. One method includes performing an NMR measurement of the formation sample to obtain NMR data. The NMR measurement detects NMR signals with echo times of less than or equal to 100 microseconds. The NMR data is analyzed to determine a measure of organic hydrogen content of the formation sample, such as (i) total organic hydrogen content, (ii) kerogen content, (iii) bitumen content, and/or (iv) oil content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Yi-Qiao Song, Albina Rishatovna Mutina, Ravinath Kausik Kadayam Viswanathan, Martin Hurlimann