Patents by Inventor Robert Meier

Robert Meier 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: 11375356
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a system and method which utilizes the benefits of both advertising and bidirectional connections to allow a client/receiving device to receive data, e.g. sensor measurements, from the source/transmitting device during device discovery and connection, thereby minimizing the amount of time during which data, e.g. measurements, are unavailable. The disclosed embodiments may further allow for reduced power consumption by a source device by minimizing data transmission during advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Bitstrata Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Patent number: 11099484
    Abstract: A cost-effective method for repairing reflective optical elements for EUV lithography. These optical elements (60) have a substrate (61) and a coating (62) that reflects at a working wavelength in the range between 5 nm and 20 nm and is damaged as a result of formation of hydrogen bubbles. The method includes: localizing a damaged area (63, 64, 65, 66) in the coating (62) and covering the damaged area (63, 64, 65, 66) with one or more materials having low hydrogen permeability by applying a cover element to the damaged area. The cover element is formed of a surface structure, a convex or concave surface, or a coating corresponding to the coating of the reflective optical element, or a combination thereof. The method is particularly suitable for collector mirrors (70) for EUV lithography. After the repair, the optical elements have cover elements (71, 72, 73).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Robert Meier, Holger Kierey, Christof Jalics, Eric Eva, Ralf Winter, Arno Schmittner, Alexey Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Shklover, Christoph Nottbohm, Wolfgang Merkel
  • Publication number: 20210255027
    Abstract: A system of detecting loading and unloading of mobile containers such as grain carts utilizes two low pass filters to determine whether the contents of the container are changing by subtracting one filter signal from the other, and using the sign of the difference. Weighing performance is improved by utilizing accelerometers to compensate for measurement dynamics and non-level orientation. Failure and degradation of weight sensors is detected by testing sensor half bridges. Loading and unloading weights can be tied to specific vehicles by utilizing RF beacons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Publication number: 20210219493
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method indirectly detect the operational state of a machine among a plurality of operational states and track the movement of a material through a plurality of machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Patent number: 10999971
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method indirectly detect the operational state of a machine among a plurality of operational states and track the movement of a material through a plurality of machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Bitstrata Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Patent number: 10976190
    Abstract: A system of detecting loading and unloading of mobile containers such as grain carts utilizes two low pass filters to determine whether the contents of the container are changing by subtracting one filter signal from the other, and using the sign of the difference. Weighing performance is improved by utilizing accelerometers to compensate for measurement dynamics and non-level orientation. Failure and degradation of weight sensors is detected by testing sensor half bridges. Loading and unloading weights can be tied to specific vehicles by utilizing RF beacons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Bitstrata Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Publication number: 20210105603
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a system and method which utilizes the benefits of both advertising and bidirectional connections to allow a client/receiving device to receive data, e.g. sensor measurements, from the source/transmitting device during device discovery and connection, thereby minimizing the amount of time during which data, e.g. measurements, are unavailable. The disclosed embodiments may further allow for reduced power consumption by a source device by minimizing data transmission during advertising.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Publication number: 20210080316
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are provided for measuring moving vehicle information. Moving vehicle information may be measured by a sensor configured to respond to one or more wheels of the moving vehicle, where one or more of the wheels change the characteristic impedance of the sensor at the wheel's contact location. An electrical time domain reflectometry signal processing system which is capable of measuring the change in the impedance of the sensor and converting the impedance change to a signal may be connected operatively to the sensor. A data-processing system receives the signal and extracts the moving vehicle information therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Randy Leroy HANSON, Michael David LOCKERBIE, Ian Robert MEIER, Tyler William HAICHERT
  • Publication number: 20210025750
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes a transmission-line assembly having an electrical transmission-line parameter configured to change, at least in part, in response to reception, at least in part, of a vehicular load of a moving vehicle moving relative to a vehicular roadway to the transmission-line assembly positionable, at least in part, relative to the vehicular roadway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Randal Leroy Hanson, Michael David Lockerbie, Ian Robert Meier, Tyler William Haichert
  • Patent number: 10876884
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are provided for measuring moving vehicle information. Moving vehicle information may be measured by a sensor configured to respond to one or more wheels of the moving vehicle, where one or more of the wheels change the characteristic impedance of the sensor at the wheel's contact location. An electrical time domain reflectometry signal processing system which is capable of measuring the change in the impedance of the sensor and converting the impedance change to a signal may be connected operatively to the sensor. A data-processing system receives the signal and extracts the moving vehicle information therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL ROAD DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Randal Leroy Hanson, Michael David Lockerbie, Ian Robert Meier, Tyler William Haichert
  • Patent number: 10859430
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes a transmission-line assembly having an electrical transmission-line parameter configured to change, at least in part, in response to reception, at least in part, of a vehicular load of a moving vehicle moving relative to a vehicular roadway to the transmission-line assembly positionable, at least in part, relative to the vehicular roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Randal Leroy Hanson, Michael David Lockerbie, Ian Robert Meier, Tyler William Haichert
  • Publication number: 20200352099
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method indirectly detect the operational state of a machine among a plurality of operational states and track the movement of a material through a plurality of machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Publication number: 20200149949
    Abstract: A system of detecting loading and unloading of mobile containers such as grain carts utilizes two low pass filters to determine whether the contents of the container are changing by subtracting one filter signal from the other, and using the sign of the difference. Weighing performance is improved by utilizing accelerometers to compensate for measurement dynamics and non-level orientation. Failure and degradation of weight sensors is detected by testing sensor half bridges. Loading and unloading weights can be tied to specific vehicles by utilizing RF beacons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Patent number: 10649340
    Abstract: In order to prevent delamination of a reflective coating from the substrate under the influence of reactive hydrogen, a reflective optical element (50) for EUV lithography is provided, which has a substrate (51) and a reflective coating (54) for reflecting radiation in the wavelength range of 5 nm to 20 nm. A functional layer (60) is arranged between the reflective coating (54) and the substrate (51). With the functional layer, the concentration of hydrogen in atom % at the side of the substrate facing the reflective coating is reduced by at least a factor of 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Dirk Heinrich Ehm, Vitaliy Shklover, Irene Ament, Stefan-Wolfgang Schmidt, Moritz Becker, Stefan Wiesner, Diana Urich, Robert Meier, Ralf Winter, Christof Jalics, Holger Kierey, Eric Eva
  • Patent number: 10545046
    Abstract: A system of detecting loading and unloading of mobile containers such as grain carts utilizes two low pass filters to determine whether the contents of the container are changing by subtracting one filter signal from the other, and using the sign of the difference. Weighing performance is improved by utilizing accelerometers to compensate for measurement dynamics and non-level orientation. Failure and degradation of weight sensors is detected by testing sensor half bridges. Loading and unloading weights can be tied to specific vehicles by utilizing RF beacons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bitstrata Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Robert Meier, Michael David Lockerbie
  • Publication number: 20190302628
    Abstract: A cost-effective method for repairing reflective optical elements for EUV lithography. These optical elements (60) have a substrate (61) and a coating (62) that reflects at a working wavelength in the range between 5 nm and 20 nm and is damaged as a result of formation of hydrogen bubbles. The method includes: localizing a damaged area (63, 64, 65, 66) in the coating (62) and covering the damaged area (63, 64, 65, 66) with one or more materials having low hydrogen permeability by applying a cover element to the damaged area. The cover element is formed of a surface structure, a convex or concave surface, or a coating corresponding to the coating of the reflective optical element, or a combination thereof. The method is particularly suitable for collector mirrors (70) for EUV lithography. After the repair, the optical elements have cover elements (71, 72, 73).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Robert MEIER, Holger KIEREY, Christof JALICS, Eric EVA, Ralf WINTER, Arno SCHMITTNER, Alexey KUZNETSOV, Vitaliy SHKLOVER, Christoph NOTTBOHM, Wolfgang MERKEL
  • Publication number: 20190212269
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement, for detecting microorganisms on a surface are disclosed. At least a portion of the surface is covered with a sensor foil in an airtight manner. An oxygen-permeable layer of the sensor foil is doped with an oxygen indicator dye, loaded with oxygen and faces the at least one portion of the surface. An excitation light passes through an oxygen-impermeable at least partially transparent read-out carrier layer of the foil to the dye in the oxygen-permeable layer which is then excited by the excitation light. An emission of the oxygen indicator dye) transmitted through the carrier layer is detected by a detection element over or after a period of time (t). The emission of the oxygen indicator dye from the oxygen-permeable layer is indicative of the amount of oxygen consumed by microorganisms from the oxygen-permeable layer covering the at least one portion of the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Gregor LIEBSCH, Achim STANGELMAYER, Robert MEIER
  • Publication number: 20190197231
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to systems and methods for securely associating an application installation with an account of a service. The computer implemented method may include an inviting device with authenticated access to an account provided by a service having data stored therein. An invite code may be generated in response to a request to enable another device to have access to the service account without identifying the other device. The inviting device may provide the invite code to an invited device. The disclosed embodiments enable an inviting device to provide secure and convenient authenticated account access to multiple devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventor: Ian Robert Meier
  • Publication number: 20190171108
    Abstract: In order to prevent delamination of a reflective coating from the substrate under the influence of reactive hydrogen, a reflective optical element (50) for EUV lithography is provided, which has a substrate (51) and a reflective coating (54) for reflecting radiation in the wavelength range of 5 nm to 20 nm. A functional layer (60) is arranged between the reflective coating (54) and the substrate (51). With the functional layer, the concentration of hydrogen in atom % at the side of the substrate facing the reflective coating is reduced by at least a factor of 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Dirk Heinrich EHM, Vitaliy SHKLOVER, Irene AMENT, Stefan-Wolfgang SCHMIDT, Moritz BECKER, Stefan WIESNER, Diana URICH, Robert MEIER, Ralf WINTER, Christof JALICS, Holger KIEREY, Eric EVA
  • Publication number: 20190024491
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for regulating a multi-phase fluid stream flowing from a subterranean geological formation, and related methods are described herein. The system and apparatus generally include a conduit defining a flow path for the fluid stream, the conduit further defining a first restriction having a throat portion, and the conduit further defining a first return path including an inlet positioned downstream of the first restriction and an outlet positioned upstream of the inlet of the first return path. Related methods include placing the apparatus or system within a wellbore conduit defined by a wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Lance FIELDER, Kyle Robert MEIER, Avinash Gopal DHARNE, Robert P. FIELDER, III